I spent 15+ years in various parts of the insurance industry after I graduated college. When the opportunity presented itself, I made a life-altering switch to become a teacher. For the next 21 years (the last 20 as a History teacher for ETHS), I embraced the profession and craft of teaching. I thought I had reached a new stage in my life when I decided to retire in 2018. Funny thing, though: that “new stage” hadn’t reached me. So, I taught Upper School History at an online school in 2018 -2019. Then, I thought I had reached that “new stage”: wrong. When Roycemore came calling, I answered with a hearty “yes”. So, here I am now, practicing my craft in the other discipline I love: literature. I am blessed to have an amazing wife, three incredible, wonderful, and successful children, and, four grandsons. Oh yes, and two Golden Retrievers who are as naughty as they are beautiful!
In my final year at ETHS, I wore a different Hawai’ian shirt every school day. And, I had plenty to spare. Now I’m working on that mask collection.
I teach partly as a tribute to the many great teachers who taught me; partly as a tribute to my father (who recently passed); and, partly as a way to pay it forward and help those who follow me to grapple with the critical questions of: “Who are we?”, and, “How did we get here?”
Roycemore is a community that cares for, and about, each other. That was so obvious the day I first walked in the door, and it’s still that way now.