About Me

I doubt this page is dripping with excitement, but it’s necessary.  If anybody reads this and actually falls asleep from boredom, promise me you will let me know so I can spice it up with a few inappropriate stories or something.

I am a lifelong resident of the Cleveland Community of Johnston County, North Carolina.  I left for college for four years and I stayed gone for about five years after college to take my first job over in Durham, but I came back as soon as I could.  

I am a graduate of South Johnston High School, got my Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Mount Olive College (now University of Mount Olive,) and received my Master of Arts in Teaching degree from East Carolina University. 

With that degree, I am currently licensed in Middle and High School Math, Exceptional Children, Physical Education, and oddly enough, Elementary Education.  I was one of those weirdos that knew I wanted to teach, it just took me a few years to figure out – as LeBron might say – where I wanted to take my talents.  I spent the first four years after student teaching as a high school Exceptional Children’s Teacher, but for the past three years out of a now eight year career, I took those talents to ninth grade math.  And yes, I question my talents every single day.

Me and My Overachievement

My first job out of college was in banking.  I hated it.  I hung on eight years, but hated almost every minute of it.  I tried to start my own business after that in the family entertainment arena, but I failed to succeed at that endeavor.  It didn’t help matters that my first wife was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer a year after I opened my business and died fourteen months later, leaving me a single daddy of a two year old, and I realize that’s a darn good excuse to fail, but it was still one of the more humbling experiences of my life in almost every way.

My savior and the place where my heart will forever reside showed up about six years later, and I married her a year later.  Megan adopted my then nine year old daughter and has since blessed our family with a boy and another girl.  And by the way, I know somebody will scold me for calling my wife my savior, but she was.  She was also a saint and an angel.  And because of all of that heavenly goodness, and because I was – as they say – sick and tired of being sick and tired, I will celebrate 3 years of sobriety in May of 2020.  Quit smokeless tobacco the same day, too.  I’m pretty proud of that double cold turkey.

When I have spare time, I love to write, I love to play with my kids, I love to joke around with people on Facebook, and of course I love to get uproariously angry at politicians who do not understand their job descriptions.  Other than that, I don’t watch much TV, but when I do, I’ll usually find a Seinfeld episode or a game in pretty much any sport.  My music choices are usually of the singer-songwriter variety, but I love anything from the Lumineers to Eminem to Randy Travis.  But enough about me.  You need to go pick out what you’re going to wear to the polls to vote for me.