I taught for 35 years in Nebraska schools—English, speech, journalism, and drama. I was involved with NEA throughout my career, including as treasurer of the Nebraska Education Association.
What’s keeping you busy these days?
I grew up in rural Nebraska and my wife is also from a farm family, so we’ve enjoyed the chance to spend more time on our small farm. We grow corn and soybeans, and do all the work ourselves, which was a challenge when I was still teaching. People have told me that farming and teaching is kind of a strange combination, but I see a relationship: I like to see kids grow, and I like to see other things grow, also.
I started out teaching physical education, then discovered my passion for working with special needs children. I taught for 35 years, and am active with the Ohio Education Association-Retired.
How do you spend your time in retirement?
It’s been wonderful to spend more time with my own children. I also use the fitness center at the hospital where I volunteer. I’m currently coaching 7th-grade girls’ volleyball—I played in high school, so it’s fun to coach now. Then I’ll dust off my bowling shoes to coach the local high school bowling team. On Monday nights, you can findme country line dancing. It’s so fun and great exercise!