I am a native of San Antonio, Texas and a graduate of Luther Burbank Vocational High School. Selected in the last draft for Vietnam in the fall of 1973, I chose to enlist in the United States Navy in January 1974. I served for 22 years before retiring as Chief Missile Technician (Submarines) in January 1996. From 1990 to 1996, I served additionally as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of St. Mary's, Ga., during off-duty military hours. In 1996, I moved back to San Antonio and started working for AT&T, later Lucent Technologies. In 2000, I was promoted to a first line manager in a new Digital Networking division leaving in October of 2001 in order to obtain a college degree.
I attended St. Philips College (San Antonio) from January 2002 to July 2003. I then transferred to the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio), majoring in Mathematics. In December of 2005, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude. The following January of 2006, I was hired by a charter school, George Sanchez High School in San Antonio for 1 semester. I taught Algebra 1 and 2, Spanish 1 and World History. In August of 2006, I was hired by the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD for the Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP) as a mathematics teacher, where I am still currently teaching.
I married my beautiful wife, Tina, in March of 2011. We are a blended family with 11 children, 7 are mine of which I had custody of the 3 youngest and 4 of hers. We had 6 teenagers at home when we got married and it was quite an experience. We are down to 1 who is a senior this year and just got accepted to Howard Payne University in New Braunfels, Texas. Our children are scattered across the country, We have 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada; 1 in Kingsland, Georgia; 1 in Kansas City, Kansas (retired U.S. Army); 2 in Colorado; 2 in Houston, Texas and 2 in the military. 1 is deployed in Somalia and the other is in Virginia for advanced schooling and then will be home ported aboard a destroyer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in the summer .
So I have been asked why my blogs all have a squirrel depicting something or another. Well, that squirrel is me. I am easily distracted, I tend to go off on a tangent at a moments notice and sometimes I tend to stuff more than I can deal with much like a squirrel will keep stuffing nuts into its cheeks. I was ADHD before it existed, I have learned to cope with it but being ever vigilant of my surroundings and my focus. My best friend, my wife, only needs to say, "squirrel", to get me back on focus and more often than not, we both laugh afterwards. I try to find a depiction of a squirrel that meets my blog, whether successful or time, only your comments will tell.