Howdy! I am Clay and the force behind – Making the Days Count.
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” Muhammad Ali
I was born in North Carolina and traveled to Alabama, then Texas collecting brothers along the way. My mom and dad eventually settled in Sugar Land, Texas. My mom still lives in the house we grew up in. Every time I visit, I step back in time and I’m a little boy all over again. My two brothers still live close by and keep tabs on her. I moved away from home in ‘87, first to California, then back to north Texas for almost a year, and finally to the Midwest where I now live. I stay in touch with home, though I don’t visit as often as I would like, or probably should.
My wife, B, and I met in the summer of ’84 when she was working in a shoe store across from the restaurant where I worked that summer. We have been married since moving to the Midwest in ‘91. We have two children – W and O. W will be senior this fall and O will be in seventh grade – another year of living and working middle school kids. Then there is Ivy, a lively Brittany Spaniel who keeps us all on our toes and keeps us humble.
I teach middle school – eighth grade kids. I’ve been teaching as a second career after an early (and brief) mid-life crisis. 2015-16 will be my seventeenth year teaching kids, I’ve taught sixth and seventh grades and every CORE subject except math: English Language Arts, geography, world history, US History, and science. This coming year, I’ll be teaching a full load of US History for the first time in my career. I am excited to share my passion for the past, present, and future.
“The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America
I enjoy working with my students and MtDC.org came into being through the inspiration of my 09-10’ Language Arts class (thanks, guys). That group of kids will be in their first year in college this fall; that is hard to believe. How did they get older and while I stayed the same age! I have used MtDC as a way to show that ordinary events can be extraordinary opportunities to write and anyone and everyone has something about which to write, no matter how small an incident or consequence or how large an event.
I am only a middle school teacher by day, I am husband, father, son, neighbor, and the biggest kid my wife has. I enjoy following high school football (W is a senior this year), cooking, reading, writing, model railroading, and being outdoors. I am semi-active in Boy Scouts through my son’s scout troop and manage the troop’s website. Thanks for stopping in, please take time to explore and read Make the Days Count.