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Passionate about Pulaski County

My wife Deena and I were thrilled in 2001 when the Pulaski County School Board offered us the opportunity to return to the county, fulfilling my career goal of being a superintendent of schools. We had moved to Pulaski County when we got married in 1972 but left in the early 1980s to pursue educational opportunities in Virginia Beach. Pulaski County has truly been a community of opportunities for us twice in our lives!
Three things have always attracted us to Pulaski County: family and the essence of it, the warmth of the people, and the beauty of this place! Deena and I grew up in adjacent Bland County so we embraced the opportunity to return to the county where several of my family members live.

Traditions abound in our family, and one of our traditions since moving back to Pulaski County has been the “Sunday Drive” after church. The drive provides us with an opportunity to see parts of the county that we do not always see in our work week. Even during the work week, a drive from Pulaski to Fairlawn is pretty spectacular, but a drive through Little Creek in the fall from Interstate 77 at the tunnel to Route 100 is absolutely breathtaking! But so is the postcard perfect panoramic vista of the valley from the top of Cloyds Mountain, looking south! So is Draper Valley from Draper Mountain! So is Claytor Lake from any angle, at any time of the year! So is the river view from Parrot! And so is the view from our back doors or our front windows! Each of us is so lucky to live in a place of such extraordinary beauty, which we should use every day to feed our sense of worth!

When the School Board began building schools to replace its aging building, the Board and staff told the architect that the outward appearances of the new buildings had to match the values of our community: conservative, stately, prominent, and beautiful, but they had to be fun and purposeful on the inside! Certainly, Pulaski Elementary School captures these requirements, but so does the new Riverlawn Elementary School. Through the leadership from the School Board and the Board of Supervisors and the support of the citizens, we have been able to build these wonderful places of learning for our students! I am so very pleased to live and work in a community that values education!

We have found the beauty of this place to also emanate from its people. It is a joy to talk with people in the various businesses and restaurants because everyone is friendly and caring. I especially love the sense of humor that I see and hear so often in these places. In the people, there is a peace and contentment. But my greatest joy comes from working with the faculty, staff, students, and parents in Pulaski County! It is gratifying to be greeted by students in the hallways with a smile and a friendly “hello.” It is also gratifying to see the genuine care and attention that our students receive from faculty and staff! It is the success that our schools, students, and staff members have experienced that has been the single thing that has made me the happiest about living in Pulaski County!

I have found my place in the world in Pulaski County! What could be better than to live among family and friends, surrounded by the incredible beauty of Pulaski County! What could be more gratifying than greeting the future each day in the faces of our students! What a great place to live and work!

Passionate about Pulaski County

My wife Deena and I were thrilled in 2001 when the Pulaski County School Board offered us the opportunity to return to the county, fulfilling my career goal of being a superintendent of schools. We had moved to Pulaski County when we got married in 1972 but left in the early 1980s to pursue educational opportunities in Virginia Beach. Pulaski County has truly been a community of opportunities for us twice in our lives!
Three things have always attracted us to Pulaski County: family and the essence of it, the warmth of the people, and the beauty of this place! Deena and I grew up in adjacent Bland County so we embraced the opportunity to return to the county where several of my family members live.

Traditions abound in our family, and one of our traditions since moving back to Pulaski County has been the “Sunday Drive” after church. The drive provides us with an opportunity to see parts of the county that we do not always see in our work week. Even during the work week, a drive from Pulaski to Fairlawn is pretty spectacular, but a drive through Little Creek in the fall from Interstate 77 at the tunnel to Route 100 is absolutely breathtaking! But so is the postcard perfect panoramic vista of the valley from the top of Cloyds Mountain, looking south! So is Draper Valley from Draper Mountain! So is Claytor Lake from any angle, at any time of the year! So is the river view from Parrot! And so is the view from our back doors or our front windows! Each of us is so lucky to live in a place of such extraordinary beauty, which we should use every day to feed our sense of worth!

When the School Board began building schools to replace its aging building, the Board and staff told the architect that the outward appearances of the new buildings had to match the values of our community: conservative, stately, prominent, and beautiful, but they had to be fun and purposeful on the inside! Certainly, Pulaski Elementary School captures these requirements, but so does the new Riverlawn Elementary School. Through the leadership from the School Board and the Board of Supervisors and the support of the citizens, we have been able to build these wonderful places of learning for our students! I am so very pleased to live and work in a community that values education!

We have found the beauty of this place to also emanate from its people. It is a joy to talk with people in the various businesses and restaurants because everyone is friendly and caring. I especially love the sense of humor that I see and hear so often in these places. In the people, there is a peace and contentment. But my greatest joy comes from working with the faculty, staff, students, and parents in Pulaski County! It is gratifying to be greeted by students in the hallways with a smile and a friendly “hello.” It is also gratifying to see the genuine care and attention that our students receive from faculty and staff! It is the success that our schools, students, and staff members have experienced that has been the single thing that has made me the happiest about living in Pulaski County!

I have found my place in the world in Pulaski County! What could be better than to live among family and friends, surrounded by the incredible beauty of Pulaski County! What could be more gratifying than greeting the future each day in the faces of our students! What a great place to live and work!