I am one of Mt. Abe’s oldest new teachers:) I came to the teaching profession late in life after serving 26 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and spending a few years in the private sector. In the military I served in a number of different roles: infantryman, military intelligence officer, and Foreign Area Officer for Eurasia (Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe). I ended my career as a full Colonel at the Pentagon, as the Defense Department’s policy director for Europe. When I attended UVM’s MA in Teaching program, I was lucky enough to do my internship at Mt. Abe, and even more fortunate to be hired here as a full time teacher in SY 2015-16. I am an avid (amateur!) sailor, bread baker, maker of Italian food, and a voracious reader. I married my college sweetheart in 1983, and have two wonderful (adult) children. In the military I always had a mission: my mission now is to empower our students to be productive, engaged, informed, and responsible citizens. For me, that is what teaching is all about.