“In a lot of different schools, the teachers don't care, but in this one they do.” - Iron Academy Student
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I am husband to my wonderful wife, Rebekah, and the father of five amazing children, and I have been a part of Iron Academy long before it even had a name. I have taught many classes at IA and I serve as the school’s principal. I am also a veteran of the US Air Force and I have been teaching for over 30 years. I enjoy travelling with my family, dates with my teen daughter, and of course with my wife. I also relish father/son trips with our sons, absolutely anything that involves learning, and the simple, but life changing truths of Scripture. I am also an avid photographer; and as such, I am thankful that the Lord provides glimpses of HIS wonderful attributes throughout HIS Creation, so that I may capture them to the best of my ability. I am honored to be a part of the educational journey of the young men at Iron Academy as we partner with their parents to lead them to Christ.
Some of my favorite books are: The Cost of Discipleship, The Pursuit of God, Life Together, The Sovereignty of God, Habits of the Household, How Now Shall We Live, The Reason for God, Return of the God Hypothesis
919-977-8811 Ext. 105
I am married to Nick and we have 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter. Our oldest son is an Iron Academy graduate and our other 2 sons are current students. Our daughter, of course, attends a different school, but benefits greatly from Iron Academy by having brothers who are learning how to be gentlemen and treat her accordingly. I have been involved in church ministry, missions, and youth discipleship for over 15 years. I love traveling, cooking, baking, and listening to music.
My rolls at Iron Academy include admissions & enrollment, event planning, communications, app & website management, and senior year activities.
After living out of state for the past few years, I am so excited to be back in Raleigh teaching at Iron Academy! I first worked for IA from the fall of 2017 through the spring of 2019. Fun Fact: Mr. Hahn and Mr. Anderson were teachers of mine in high school! After earning two degrees and a bit of traveling, I returned to Raleigh and loved hearing about the mission of Iron Academy. It was and is truly an honor to partner with the staff and parents in training up this generation of young men to genuinely love and lead in service to the Lord.
I graduated from Grace College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling and from Liberty University with a Master of Education degree for School Counseling. I was first drawn to the counseling field, because I loved the idea of building one on one relationships with students. My passion is watching students grow and develop, and the Lord has opened up many doors for me to use that passion through teaching. I have taught in various capacities and in various subject areas for a total of 6 years.
I have a son, Barrett, who adds so much joy and light to my life. God has been so good to us, and I can hardly believe that Barrett will get the opportunity to look up to the wonderful young men and staff at Iron Academy.
When I’m not teaching or following behind my soon-to-be toddler, I love going to the beach, camping and hiking, learning new artsy and creative skills, getting sucked into a good movie, or traveling to learn and experience new cultures. I attribute my love of reading and history to my mom. She was also a teacher and always used books to make historical places come to life when we vacationed growing up.
My entrance into secondary education stems from failing to engage or to be engaged in my education until well after high school. I became a teacher hoping my students would be engaged and learn to be engaging.
From dull corporate headquarters to life in the beautiful Venezuelan Andes, working in federal prison, teaching in San Francisco, framing houses, working as a hostage negotiator, writing my doctoral dissertation in education, marrying as an immature young man, accepting Christ in 1999, and starting a school focused on biblical manhood, my own education has been a charming journey. In God’s grace and reflective of His sense of humor, He has granted me the great privilege of being a teacher. I am fortunate to have a patient, loving wife, and two children genuinely pursuing their own calls to discipleship. I attend The Summit Church at Capital Hills.
I attended UNC Chapel Hill for both my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Master's degree in School Counseling. Since I have worked in public, charter, and now private schools, I am so grateful for the opportunity to weave godly considerations into my conversations with students about their future. As someone who grew up attending a private Christian school, I can attest to the fact that instilling biblical principles at an early age can have life-long effects on how someone chooses to live their life for the Lord.
When I am not at Iron Academy talking with students about their post-high school plans, I am probably bouncing around parks and library in Charlotte, NC with my two amazing kiddos.
Growing up in an athletic family and participating in every sport available to me, I've had the concept of teamwork and fair play sewn into my character. A wrestling scholarship to North Carolina State University brought me from Minnesota to Raleigh, North Carolina.
I've coached multiple sports for over 30 years, which, through God's plan, led me to Iron Academy. I have a passion for mentoring and serving and IA's mission provides the perfect opportunity to build truly biblical men.
Becky, my wife of almost 30 years, 2 kids, and a dog share this ride with me.
Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV): "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
I am so pleased and honored to be part of Iron Academy. I have 20+ years’ experience teaching from the middle school level to college. I have taught at public, charter, private, and international schools.
I have been an overseas educator missionary for 10 years serving in South America and Asia. I have a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from West Point, a graduate certificate in statistics from the Army, a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Arkansas, and a doctorate in education from Liberty University.
My goal and hope is to ignite a love for mathematics in your sons or, at a minimum, help them to see its value and equip them with the tools to be successful.
I have been on staff at Iron Academy since 2021. I teach Middle School History and Bible, and I am also the Middle School Basketball Coach and Golf Coach. I graduated from NC State University. I have lived in the Raleigh area for my entire life, and I am an active member of The Summit Church. I enjoy watching sports, being outdoors, playing golf, and grilling. My favorite place that I have traveled is Warsaw, Poland, and if I could go anywhere in the world, it would be Scotland, the home of golf.
My favorite books include: To Kill a Mockingbird, My Side of the Mountain, 1984, And Then There Were None, Holiness by J.C. Ryle, and The Forgotten 500 by Gregory A. Freeman.
I grew up in a strong Christian home with parents that taught and displayed Christ's love for me. It was revealed to me at an early age that accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior was the only path to salvation (John 14:6). I have dedicated my entire life to the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and am excited to be at Iron Academy serving Him.
I attended Catawba College and majored in literature while minoring in religion, philosophy, and history. After Catawba, I attended graduate school at the Kenan-Flagler Business School within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Iron Academy, I spent time as an auditor in the world of public accounting and obtained my C.P.A., but I am thrilled to return to my passion: education. I love history because it allows me to be a student of everything and because it teaches me something new every day. I hope to instill this passion into all students that enter my classroom. When I take a break from contemplating the complexities of history, you can find me traveling, buying too many books, and playing hide and seek with my 3 nephews. My biggest accomplishment is marrying my wife, Kellie, and making her laugh most of the time. I am honored to spend every day at Iron Academy helping to shape young, godly men.
I am very excited that the Lord has brought me to Iron Academy! I have been married to my lovely and beautiful wife, Cassie, since 2017. We have a host of four-legged children (no two-legged quite yet). I received my B.S. in Meteorology from North Carolina State University in 2016 and received my M.S. in Meteorology from Iowa State University in 2021. I enjoy learning more about God through studying His creation, I love teaching math at Iron Academy!
My favorite activities include practically any sport, music, and spending time in fruitful conversation. My favorite movie series is The Lord of the Rings trilogy and my favorite movie soundtrack is practically anything from Howard Shore, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer.
I am very excited to be a teacher at Iron Academy! Reading has been a passion of mine since I was very young—my first loves include The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia. It wasn't until upon reading Crime and Punishment by Dosteovesky—one of the most God-inspired fiction classics I have ever read—that I realized the Lord was calling me to teach. I realized then that reading Literature is not just about "reading good books," but rather it is also about cultivating empathy, wisdom, Biblical virtue, and so much more!