In 2020, Jim began teaching at Scott Middle School in Lincoln. Jim’s career started at Nemaha Valley in 1990 where he taught 7-12 vocal music and 5-12 instrumental music. After Nemaha Valley, Jim taught in Waverly beginning in 2001. His responsibilities at Waverly included director of middle school bands, beginning 5th grade band, and director of Jazz bands. Jim has earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska. He is a member of NSBA, Nebraska Music Educators Association, NAfME, The Jazz Education Network, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Jim has received the Jack Snider Outstanding Young Band Director Award from NSBA, as well as the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Horace Mann Group. Jim serves as the music coordinator for District One with the Nebraska Schools Activities Association. He is a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state. Jim and his wife Deb, have two children, Zach and Britni.