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Hi I'm Josh

I am a Southern California native. I am a continuation high school principal. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in the mountains of Southern California. I loved skateboarding and snowboarding and still participate in those activities on occasion. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Nevada before attending college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I earned degrees in history and teaching and taught English and history at a junior high school in Utah and at two high schools in southern California. I later received my master's degree in military history at Norwich University and completed other graduate work at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. I have worked as a high school assistant principal, a high school principal, and a district level administrator. I love kids. I love teaching. I love helping teachers, students, and parents realize success. I am married and have four children. We enjoy time together camping, visiting amusement parks, swimming, and visiting family and friends. I wish I could spend more time with them. When I come home at night and on the weekends, my wife and kids want to do things. I just want to relax and spend time at home with them. I love books. When I was younger I wanted to be a writer. Reading so much has humbled me though, and I am in awe of the brilliance and talent writers' possess. I content myself with keeping a journal. I also love the outdoors. I enjoy hiking and camping as often as I can. Sometimes I just enjoy sitting and listening to nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had a wonderful childhood and my family actively participated in the church when I was young. Those were happy times. As I grew older, my parents experienced difficulty in their marriage, which eventually led to divorce. My teenage years were occupied by each of them rebuilding their lives. It would be tempting to say that I felt alone during these times as my parents had to direct attention to others, but that would be unfair because I experienced an outpouring of God's love that more than made up for whatever I may have lacked otherwise.

How I live my faith

When I do have free time, much of it is given in service. This is a tradition that began for me as a missionary in Nevada where I put my life on hold for two years to help people and teach them how to be happy. Since that time, I have rendered many hours of service as I have looked for opportunities on my own to reach out and participated in organized efforts. Much of my adult life has been spent in the Boy Scouts of America organization. I support it because it teaches boys to be honorable, respectful, reverent, and faithful men. I have also helped administrate and serve in my church youth organization. I have helped plan, coordinate, participate in, and supervise weekly activities, campouts, weeklong camps, and conferences. I have also had many opportunities to teach in the church. This has ranged from teaching Sunday School in youth classes and adult classes where I covered curricula in courses on The Old and New Testament, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants and Church History, and Marriage and Family Relations, to coordinating and instructing in Teacher Improvement courses, to giving talks in front of local and regional congregations on various topics. Like any imperfect human, my greatest challenge is trying to be example of those things I encourage others to do. My personal ministry includes first and foremost my efforts to teach the gospel and provide for the spiritual and physical needs of my wife and children. I engage in personal scripture study, reflection, and prayer on a daily basis to prepare myself to be worthy and able to reach out and help others. We hold daily scripture study as a family where we pray, sing a hymn, read and discuss the scriptures. We have a weekly Family Home Evening where one member of our family is in charge of teaching a lesson, planning an activity, and making (or asking mom to make) a treat. Beyond my family I have responsibility for other families or individuals who I minister to at least once per month.