I am not yet 6o years old. The last time I checked, being in one's 50s is not fatal in itself. I have been teaching English/Language Arts for twelve years in the Memphis and Shelby County systems. Before teaching school, I was the president of a small construction/manufacturing company-a family business that my father founded. The company was closed in 1999. I graduated from high school way back in 1975 and enrolled in the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I studied here for two years with no real plans and I gave up education to return home and join my father in his business. We expanded and built on the company that he pioneered with a lot of hard work and sacrifice. In time we became fairly successful and we both were proud of what we had done, although I was always disappointed with myself for not completing my education. My father passed away and I made the decision to sell the business and return to school to complete my degree. The University of Memphis awarded me a B.S. in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching. I decided to teach because I love to read. I had found, from being in business-hiring and firing workers-that reading skills and math skills were poor in many young men and women, even those who had earned high school diplomas. There is no reason not to have good/great reading and math skills by the end of high school. While teaching and education have been a big part of my life, I am also the proud father of four beautiful and talented children: Emily (29), Maddie (28), Andrew (25), and Brennan (22): and three grandchildren Jackson (7), Dawson (4), and Teagan (1). Of my children, only Brennan is still a student at the University of Memphis (Maddie graduated from U.T. Martin and Andrew from MTSU). I am a proud dad and granddad. I now live in Germantown and I am extremely pleased to be returning to the WolfPack at Cordova High School this year.