NCCCSPA Board Members
I grew up in a trailer park in rural North Carolina. "Redneck" may best describe the lifestyles of my friends and neighbors. I left there at 18 to go to college, and I'm thankful every day for that decision. Many folks made sacrifices so I could pursue higher education, and I intend to value their sacrifices by supporting others in their journeys.
My road to teaching was long and twisty-turny (Do we really care if these are real words?). I'm not sure I know exactly how I ended up here. One thing I do know is that my life is more valuable when I am sharing it with others. My classroom is sacred space to me, and my students are not just minds to be opened, but hearts and souls to be nurtured.
Learning is hard and messy. I see my role as someone who helps students navigate the sometimes-foreign world of higher education. I believe in the importance of stepping back from myself and understanding my own life in the context of a complex social world. I feel giddy when students are able to do this for the first time. That's the power of Sociology, and that's why I love it so much.
When I'm not teaching, I can generally be found hanging with my dogs and cats, my uber-nerdy wife, reading books, watching science fiction, quilting, or making clothing in my sewing room. I plan on perfecting the "boring old person" stereotype.