Working in education
I’m a retired educator. I worked in both Illinois and Colorado. I started teaching high school social studies in Illinois and I then got my master’s in school counseling and eventually an advanced certificate in school …
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Working in educationI’m a retired educator. I worked in both Illinois and Colorado. I started teaching high school social studies in Illinois and I then got my master’s in school counseling and eventually an advanced certificate in school administration. In Clear Creak County, I worked at Clear Creak High and Georgetown Elementary. Then in Jefferson County at West Jefferson Junior High, Kendallvue Elementary and Fremont Elementary. Now, I supervise student teachers at Regis University for fall and spring semesters. And I still substitute-teach a couple times a week. I found out that I really enjoyed it. I’m retired, but not really retired.Cycling is my passionWhen I worked at Clear Creek, one guy I carpooled with was really into cycling. He convinced me to get a decent bicycle and then to ride across Iowa. I ended up enjoying cycling so much that I did that ride eight times. I’ve done Ride the Rockies about nine times. I rode across Michigan and across Wisconsin. I got into cycling bigtime. I’ve always been an outdoor person. I enjoy hiking, fishing and hunting. But cycling allows me to really get exercise and be outside. And it’s something that you can do forever. I’m in a group that rides every Monday. We’re all retired and one guy is in his 80s and still riding. We ride 30-35 miles. I probably have 22 bicycles in my garage. My sister and my wife say I’m obsessed. I guess you can say that it is my passion. I cycle more than any other outdoor activity.Donating bikesI had a friend that told me about the Optimist Club. I joined the Lake Arbor one. It’s a club devoted to helping young people. My project idea was to provide bicycles to kids in needy schools who don’t have them. We started out providing bikes to Arvada K-8 and over the course of the last few years, we’ve really expanded our bicycle program. Now, we provide to Hackberry Hill, Fremont, Allendale, Rose Hill in Commerce City and Arvada High. We’re looking to expand next year to add Little Elementary. We try to target schools that are Title 1 schools. I’m the program coordinator for all of that. I’ve always enjoyed working with young people. That was my whole career in education. I see the real benefits of getting kids out on a bicycle. I believe it’s a real positive thing for kids and if I can be a part of that, then that’s what I want to do.
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