Degrees and Certifications:
I am the son of a teacher. I spent a lot of time in the classroom. I remember helping my mom clean her classroom at the end of the school year and then help set it up when a new school year was about to begin. I wasn't a very good student until I was about 20 years old. A friend of mine who was an amateur body builder introduced me to weight training. I soon found my confidence, and my grades, start to rise. I went on to achieve a Bachelor's degree at Nicholls State and then my Master's degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
I was born with a rare heart disease which led to 4 heart surgeries. My first in 1968 and my last in 2018. I have a 4 patches on my heart, a mechanical aortic valve, a pacemaker, and a few more heart valve repairs. I now have congestive heart failure and restrictive lung disease. I also had a cyst removed from my left chest in the fall of 2019. I don't think I would have made it without a healthy lifestyle. I participate in activities I enjoy and still eat pretty healthy. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has given me the strength to keep going.
Everyone of us has challenges. My goal is to pass on the joy of movement and the ability to live a full and active life.
The students know that I love Superman. Not just the character, movies, or comics; but what the character stands for. I believe we can all be super heroes. Superman's motto is Truth, Justice, and the American Way. I believe that if we are truthful, fair, and work hard; we all can become heroes.