Children are always the “Why” and my twin boys are my “Why” who inspired me to bring the IDEA Lab Kids concept to the Charlotte area.
As I thought about the right opportunities to pursue, my wife, Tanisha and I, asked ourselves two questions: What educational experiences would we like our own boys to have? How can my work in Education continue to strengthen the community in which our boys will grow? Like many parents, we want our children to be well-rounded by enjoying diverse experiences academically and socially. We also want our boys to thrive within a strong and healthy community that works together to invest in children and the future. With these goals in mind, I researched and discovered IDEA Lab Kids – an enrichment center that fulfills what we want our boys to experience and provides a service that will strengthen our community.
I have over 19 years of experience in Public Education as a National Board-Certified Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal in Washington State, California, Florida and here in North Carolina. I’ve led Elementary Schools, STEAM Academies and I’ve even transformed a K-8 school into a Leadership Center of Excellence! I believe that my extensive career experience in Elementary and Middle School Education will allow me to develop the IDEA Lab Kids concept here in Charlotte, and provide a unique and enriching opportunity, serving the children and families in our community.
My wife and I live in Matthews and we love calling the South Charlotte area home for us, our 2-year old twins, Zealand and Rhodes and our 12-year old Yorkie-Poo, Beethoven “BR” Rutherford. We look forward to serving our local families.