I graduated from Dighton High School, Dighton, Kansas in 1987.
One Year Certificate in Early Childhood-Dodge City Community College (DCCC) 1987-88
Associates Degree-Garden City Community College (GCCC) 1990-91
Bachelors of Elementary Education--FHSU 1991-1992
Masters of Education Administration-FHSU 1995-97
Building and District Administration
I have attended multiple Professional Development Trainings as an Educator including:
I began serving as Superintendent of USD 407 Russell County on June 30, 2015.
I began working in public education in 1988 as a Special Education Early Childhood Paraprofessional. While working in this position, I began attending GCCC to obtain my general education courses. Upon receiving my Associates Degree from GCCC, I began attending FHSU to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education while working as a School Psychologist Paraprofessional. Upon completion of my bachelor's degree, I taught 5th grade in Garden City, KS for 2 years while obtaining my Masters Degree in Administration from FHSU. I began teaching 3rd grade in Dighton, KS in the fall of 1997. In 1998, I taught 3rd grade half time and was district Curriculum Coordinator half time. I have taught 2nd, 4th, 6th grade Math and 9th grade English as well.
I began my career as a Superintendent in Dighton USD 482 in 2001 where I served in that position for 10 years. After leaving Dighton, USD 482 as Superintendent, I served as Superintendent at USD 452 Stanton County from 2011-2015.
I have been married to Stacy Lawrence for 27 years. We farm and ranch near Shields, Kansas with stocker feeder cattle being our main source of income.
We have two daughters, Morgan Jo and Leslee Joye. Morgan will graduate from FHSU in December 2015 with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Finance and a Certificate in Leadership. She will begin full time employment at First State Bank in Healy, Kansas as an Ag Loan Officer in January 2016. Leslee began as a Freshman at FHSU in the fall of 2015 and is studying Communications,
I love to cook and read. I am an outdoorsman so hiking is always a favorite along with being a beach bum and of course, time on the farm. Spending time with family and friends is my favorite activity when I am not working no matter where I am at!