In the Spring of 2020, I was hired to become the new principal at St. Jude the Apostle School. Working with young men and women in schools has always been passion of mine, but the chance to be principal at a school such as St. Jude’s has always been my dream. I feel very fortunate to work and live in a community that has such a great interest in how our students develop both spiritually and academically. As principal, I look forward to continually improving our academic programs, our religious educational opportunities and building a strong community everyday.
Before coming to St. Jude’s, I worked in the Las Virgenes Unified School District for nearly a decade. I began teaching at A.E. Wright Middle School as a Special Education teacher after three years of teaching special education for the VCOE. At A.E. Wright I oversaw the Social Communications program which was a specialized program that helped develop social skills and emotional regulation abilities for students with autism or other social/emotional learning needs. I also served as the Special Education department chair before having our program moved for two years to Lindero Canyon Middle School.
During my years as a teacher, I received my Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University. In addition to my Masters, I also received my Administrative Credential from the LVUSD new CenterEdX program that worked with UC Santa Barbara. I was a part of the first graduating cohort and recipient of the Kaizen Award for candidate leadership. I then was appointed to be the first Dean of Student Safety in LVUSD and worked closely with local law enforcement to help reduce drug, alcohol and tobacco use on our school campuses. I oversaw 14 school campuses’ school safety plans and presented to over 7,000 students in one year about the harmful effects of vaping and drug use in teens today. Following my time as the Dean of Student Safety, I became the Assistant Principal at Calabasas High School. In this capacity, I oversaw athletics, safety and facilities in addition to our Science, Art, PE and Special Education programs.
I have always loved working with high school student-athletes as a high school football coach. I am entering my 13th season as a high school coach, currently serving as the defensive coordinator at Oak Park High School. I have been privileged to coach dozens of student-athletes that have gone on to play college football and a few have even played in the NFL. The connection between being a coach and teacher is strong and has taught me that the most important quality I can bring to any school is the ability to build and maintain relationships. Lastly, and most importantly, I am a proud husband to my wife Brenda and our four children, Colin, Dylan, Olivia and Braxton. We are all blessed to be a part of the St. Jude’s community.
It is a great honor to have the ability to work with our staff and students at St. Jude’s. I believe deeply in creating an environment that is positive and proactive. Our school is dedicated daily to safety, academic excellence, spiritual growth and positivity for each of our students.