About JP


I believe that every single child deserves the most inspiring education we can give them. I believe we best support our students by supporting the adults who work with them every day.  We try and remove obstacles and let teachers teach, and they will inspire our future citizens. When we support our teachers and our staff we free them to inspire our children to learn and to think and to grow.

I grew up in the small town of Ricketts (pop. 120) in western Iowa. I came to Iowa City in 1992 to attend the University, where I earned my BA in English, and later my MA in Special Education. I taught special education at West High School for 10 years, and was the Assistant Theater Director from 2004-2006. I now work at the UIHC on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry inpatient unit as an educator in Circle School.

I served as the Iowa City Education Association president from 2006-2008.  I served  on the district’s health insurance committee and the Labor Management Team during my time in the district and also served on the negotiations committee, often as co-chief negotiator from 2004-2014.  My family has lived in Coralville for the past year after living on the southeast side of Iowa City for the prior 10 years.

My wife practices acupuncture in Coralville and has owned her own practice in the area for the past 13 years. We have a daughter who will be in the first grade at  Kirkwood Elementary in the fall of 2017 . I also have a  son, who graduated from City High  in 2012, and a daughter who will graduate from Elizabeth Tate Alternative High School this spring.