Principal, Parker-Varney School; Adjunct Instructor, SNHU

Birthplace: Ashland

Family: Wife, Katelyn; son, Kane; daughter, Brynn

High school: Oyster River High School

College/post grad degrees: A.S. Information Systems Technology (NHCTC); B.S. Information Systems Technology Administration (Granite State College); M.S. in Education, Educational Leadership (UNE); CAGS Literacy (UNE); CAGS Inclusion Education (UNE)

What is the best career advice you ever received?

The best advice I ever received was from one of my mentors who was a retired school principal. He said, “Keep listening, keep asking tough questions and in the end you go with your gut and do what is right for kids ... When you do what’s right for kids, you can’t go wrong.”

Why did you choose your profession?

My mother and father have both been strong role models for me. My mother has worked her entire career as a childcare provider – caring for children for over 30 years. Growing up she showed me the importance of being a strong advocate for children. My father encouraged me to continue my education, work hard and to never stop learning. These values naturally grew into a career – one that I enjoy more and more each day.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I get to work with kids! Our schools teach students that they have the potential to contribute and change the world. Through my work I have also had the opportunity to collaborate and learn with some of the most amazing educators in New Hampshire who help those students realize their dreams and reach their greatest potential.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

I would tell myself that, “Every person, every lesson, every challenge and every success has a purpose. Keep going ... this is the right path.”

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

There are so many reasons why New Hampshire is already attractive to young professionals. I believe that professional learning and networking are important factors to career satisfaction. Strong opportunities (like Rotary and Masterminds) to network, collaborate and learn from various industries has been an important factor for me.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

When I am 40, I would love to see myself in the same or similar role in an educational setting. I hope to continue to be involved with the Masterminds and N.H. EDies work. I would also love the opportunity to continue to grow in my role at SNHU.

Volunteer activities: Serve as the vice chairman for the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards (“EDies”), co-facilitate Seacoast Educational Masterminds. Prior years as a Rotarian.

Last major achievements: Starting the Seacoast Educational Masterminds group with my wife and growing my career in Manchester.