The first photo is of my family at the Badlands. My wife, Rachel, is also a teacher, and we have three amazing children. We love to camp and hike in state and national parks, and we want our children to appreciate the environment and to see the beauty in nature.
The other picture sums up my professional career. I’ve been teaching social studies at Verona Area High School since 2002. In addition to teaching, I am the advisor for the award-winning Model UN team. In 2015, my students and I started VAHSAid, a student-driven charity whose mission is to deliver aid to the impoverished citizens of Dane County and to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. The work we do is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this photo, I’m holding an icon card for SDG4, “Quality Education.” A lot of my priorities are driven by the SDGs- no poverty, zero hunger, good health, gender equality, sustainable cities, and climate action, to name just a few.
At the top of the photo is an Army flag. I joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1992, in between my junior and senior years of high school. After two years in the Reserves, I went active duty and was stationed in South Korea and Germany. Upon completion of my four years on active duty, I was in the WI Army National Guard until 2003.
In the lower left corner is an EU flag. I am interested in transatlantic relations, especially those between the EU and the US. In July 2017, I took eight students to Brussels so they could learn about those topics firsthand.
Finally, the “K” in my last name is pronounced.
Thanks for visiting, and if you ever have any questions or comments, please let me know!