Running forWard 5 School Board
Running as Non-Partisan Election
I grew up in North Conway and moved to Florida with my family when I was 13. I married my high school sweetheart and together decided to move to New Hampshire to raise our family here so that our children could experience a childhood like the one I had. After high school I studied marine biology and became a commercial diver and worked in those fields for several years. Moving to New Hampshire also brought on a career change into the manufacturing industry. I am currently the maintenance manager for a concrete manufacturer. In addition to my full time job I am also a commercially rated pilot and am pursuing becoming a flight instructor. My wife and I welcomed our son, Will, in 2019. I enjoy going flying, taking our dog Brady on hikes, and driving the 1973 MG Midget I restored.
Being an informed citizen and doing my best to be a great emmbasitor to our City
Current jobI am the Manager of Maintenance for a large manufacturing plant and FAA Advanced Instructor
Time lived in NH9 year in Manchester.
Academics did not come easy to me from a young age. I was diagnosed with severe Dyslexia and ADD. My parents worked hard to find the best resources for me inside and outside of the public education system. After struggling through high school and college, I realized a standard education was not for me. I attended the Commercial Diving Academy of Jacksonville Florida and obtained my Mixed Gas Commercial Diving and Underwater Welding Certification. Later in life I obtained my FAA Commercial Pilot Certification and Advanced Instructor Certification to instruct future commercial pilots.
Why are you running for this office?
I feel a majority of city officials are detached from their constituents, I have a 3-year-old special needs son who attends Weston Elementary School, and I see firsthand the struggles students, parents and teachers face. I want to help make decisions that are in the best interest of the people most affected by them.
What qualifies you as the best candidate for this office?
I am a strong leader who isn’t afraid to be honest and straightforward. Being a parent I understand the concerns and priorities of having a child in the school system.
What are your thoughts on the Manchester School District's relationship to city government?
I believe the relationship between city government and the school district is too cozy with the Manchester School District. It is their job to advocate for the students, parents and teachers, not help City Hall balance their pet projects on the backs of taxpayers and students.
What are your thoughts and plans for the number of public schools needed in Manchester (with breakdown of elementary/middle/high schools in that number?)
You can build more shiny new buildings but unless you put the money in the buildings staff I don’t feel you are changing anything for the better, than giving politicians a new ribbon to cut.
What are your thoughts/plans on improving grade-level proficiency scores?
We have to look at this from many levels from teacher pay to how we have lost the structure of our schools to a more lapses-fairer attitude toward discipline. I myself growing up with learning difficulties saw the help being in a more structured environment did for my learning and holding me accountable for my actions.
How would you address student equity?
What are your thoughts on extra-curricular offerings in Manchester public schools?
They are an essential part of education, for learning and growing as a student.
What are your thoughts on attracting and retaining high quality Manchester School District staff?
We need to pay our high-performing staff and give the underperforming staff the resources they need to succeed.
What are your thoughts on and plans on school safety?
Single points of entry and assigned police for every Manchester school.
What are your thoughts on and/or plans for addressing remote learning/other uses of technology in local education?
Remote learning should be a last option in all scenarios.
What are your thoughts on or plans for addressing vocational and career-focused educational initiative?
Being in the manufacturing industry I see firsthand what the lack of vocational training has done to our workforce. We need to emphasize to students that a four-year degree is not for everyone (like myself) and not needed high-paying careers. I will work with local businesses and organizations to help build feedback that technical training and vocational training is worth just as much if not more as a four-year degree.