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Dear Students and Families,

I am both excited and honored to be your principal at New Market Elementary School. I have heard many wonderful things about the students, staff, families, and community members, and I am learning more about the traditions and achievements that make NMES such a great place to be.  My goal is to continue to provide an outstanding ‘Blue Ribbon’ educational program for the students that will challenge and prepare them for a life-long journey of learning.

A little about me:

I was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania and moved to Frederick after earning my bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University in 1997.  My master’s degree in Educational Leadership was earned at Hood College.  I have taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade at Spring Ridge, Brunswick, and Tuscarora elementary schools.  My administrative experiences have been at Hillcrest, Waverley, Oakdale, and Valley Elementary, where I was Principal for the past 4 years.  My wife Jill is a reading intervention teacher in Frederick County and we have two young children.  Our son Andrew is in 4th grade and our daughter Sydney is in Kindergarten.  They keep us very busy outside of school!  Being married to a teacher and having 2 children in the system drives me even more to do what is best for students each and every day!

I am a sports fanatic!  Having grown up in southwestern Pennsylvania, I am loyal to all my Pittsburgh teams!  Even though I’m surrounded by Baltimore and DC fans, I proudly cheer on the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, and PITT Panthers.  I love spending time outdoors; fly fishing, biking, hiking, spending time at my cabin, playing softball and coaching.  I have always enjoyed helping others and being around people.

I look forward to an amazing year of building relationships with students, staff, families, and community organizations here at New Market.  I am passionate about engaging and inspiring students to achieve at their highest level, and I have high expectations for both behavior and character, as well.  Together, as partners, we can make such a positive difference in the lives of children.  I look forward to serving you this year!