Program: Instructor, Fire and Emergency Services
Management and Fire Protection Technology (Program Chair)
Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Northwest Missouri State University; Associate
of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, Oklahoma State University; Certified Fire Instructor
Has taught at SCC since: 2006
Years of work experience outside SCC: 30
Describe your teaching
philosophy.Allow students to explore and find answers for themselves.
Provide them guidance to discover their own solutions and keep
asking them a lot of questions. Require students to think, not just
regurgitate, what they have read or been told.
Why did you decide to
teach at a community college?I wanted a position that would allow me to work closely with
both current and prospective fire and emergency service
What can prospective
students expect when they enroll in your program?I require my students to participate in classroom discussions,
which requires that they prepare before class. I have also found
that students do better on quiz items based upon topics that have
been presented by other students.
What experiences outside
of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance
student learning?I have spent my career in a variety of volunteer and career
emergency service organizations, so I bring a wide range of
experiences with me to the classroom. Throughout my career I have
made mental notes of what techniques and strategies seemed to work
well and which ones did not. I have also had several near-miss
experiences which I use to emphasize the need for continuous
What advice to you have
for students pursuing a degree in your program?Students who successfully complete my program become fire and
emergency professionals who ultimately benefit the health and
safety of the communities they serve.
What do you enjoy most
about working with students?I enjoy when students have those "ah-ha" moments, when a concept
or thought process finally makes sense to them, and they are able
to relate to their own experiences.
What is the best part
about being an SCC faculty member?The best part of being an SCC faculty member is that I can use
my skills and knowledge to benefit others. Not only do my students
gain knowledge and skills, but their abilities will ultimately help
others in the communities that they will serve.
What has been your
proudest moment as an instructor?My proudest moments as an instructor are when I meet a graduate
who has excelled in their career, especially when they have been
promoted to a company or chief officer position.
What do you like to do
when you're not teaching?I don't have much spare time, but I do enjoy bicycle riding and
playing with my two dogs.
What would students be surprised to know about
you?I think most students would be surprised to know that I failed
my second semester of college, but was still able to graduate with
a 3.5 grade-point average.