Holmes Highlights is a regular feature where we get to know members of our Holmes Community a little better.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Winter Park, Florida but I grew up just across Harlem Avenue, in Forest Park.
Where did you live before you came to Holmes?
I was living just two blocks away on Oak Park Avenue. I lived right across the street from the Hemmingway Museum and right next door to Write Inn.
If you hadn’t gone into education, what’s another career you might have considered?
This is a great question. I originally wanted to go into Forestry and become a Park Ranger. I love being in nature and I find it to be very peaceful.
Can you tell us a bit about your family?
My family means everything to me. I met my lovely wife in 2004 and we got married on November 24, 2007.
We have three beautiful children. Asher is 6 and started Kindergarten this year. Landon is two years old and will be turning 3 in March. Everleigh is the baby and she is one year old.
My mother still lives and works in Oak Park. I have two younger brothers and a little sister. They are all married starting their own families now.
What is something that makes you happy?
Of course my wife and children bring me great joy, but I also love music. I am very happy when I can go for a nice long walk in the Forest Preserves or do some oil painting at my house. I also love to work outside in our garden.
What is something that upsets you?
It really upsets me when I see people treating each other poorly. It makes me very sad and upset when I see some of the hate and violence that is taking place in the world.
What is something that you treasure?
One thing that is very special to me is a drum that I bought in Jerome, Arizona. It sounds amazing and it was painted to look like the skin of a snake. I love it!
What was one extra-curricular activity you did that might (or might not) surprise people?
I played the trumpet in Middle school and was actually pretty good. In High School, I joined the Nazareth/Fenwick Marching Band and took part in competitions all over the state.
What is one of your favorite journeys?
In 1998, I took a train from Chicago to Washington State. From there, I met some family that I had never met before. A relative drove me to Lake Chelan, where I took a two-hour ferry ride. After that, a school bus met me at the dock and drove me 45 minutes up into the mountains. I stayed in a little place called Holden Village for about five months. My job was to help cut fire wood for the long cold winter in the mountains. It was a wonderful experience. I met lots of really nice people and was able to go on hikes every week on the most beautiful trails I have ever seen. It was an amazing journey!
If you won a trip to anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go?
This is a tough one to answer because there are so many places that I would love to see. I think I would pick Hawaii because it is so gorgeous there. I went to Maui with my wife before we had children and I think it would be really neat to return there with my kids one day.