History / Coach
Graduated from Hulbert High School, Hulbert Oklahoma 1979
Bachelor of Arts in Education Northeastern State University (Oklahoma)
Tahlequah, OK 1990
Social Studies Major/Minor
Certified in Texas in 7-12 Social Studies
Certified in Oklahoma in US History, Geography, World History, Oklahoma History, Government, Sociology, and Secondary Social Studies
Advanced Placement US History Training Tulsa University 2003, Oklahoma University 2012
This is my third year teaching in Paris at Paris Junior High.
I will be teaching 8th US History. My first year here I taught 7th Texas History
I will be coaching 7th grade football and track.
I am a retired teacher from Oklahoma. My 1st year as a teacher was the 1990-91 school year. I taught for 3 years in Oklahoma City Schools, followed by 10 years at Hugo Middle School and 15 years at Hugo High School.
This is my 4th year at Paris Junior High.
In the past I have taught Geography, Civics, US History, AP US History, Oklahoma History, Government, and Current Issues.
I have coached football, basketball, track, soccer, tennis, & powerlifting.
My wife is Sydney Carol Groat. We were married on November 23, 2004 in Miami, OK.
Between us we have 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls ages 26-37. None of them live in Paris.
We have 15 grandchildren (ages4-17) and 2 great-grandchildren (ages 2 & 4)
We currently have 4 dogs, 7 cats, 21 chickens and 5 beehives.
I have a large book collection and love to read. I try to read 1-3 hours per day.
I love to do research. I am on the Board of Directors for the Choctaw County Genealogical Society. We do ancestry research, Veterans research, and we photograph, catalog, and upload to three websites cemetery photos.
I am a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. One of my ancestors was an army scout in North Carolina during the American Revolution. He later moved to Boonesboro and was a trusted friend of Daniel Boone.
One of my grandfathers served in the US Army during World War 1. My father served in the Navy during World War 2.
I played on my college soccer team in the 1981 & 1982 seasons. I was team captain and was named to the all-district team in 1981.
I could sit and watch episodes of Jeopardy for hours at a time.
I like to travel. So far I’ve been to 42 US states, 2 Canadian Provinces, 1 state in Mexico & 2 islands of the Bahamas.
I also collect comic books & action figures.