Johnny teaches cabinetmaking and millwork because it allows him to pass on his passion and knowledge to a large group of like-minded people. At Washburn Tech, he appreciates the opportunity to work with both high school and post-secondary students.
Johnny is more than a technical instructor. He is a student, working on a bachelor’s in technology administration at Washburn University. He is a Phi Kappa Phi inductee, a Leadership Washburn participant, on the Dean’s Honor Roll and a United Way 2012 nominee for Shawnee County Volunteer of the Year.
I have been in love with woodworking since I was 12 years old. While a high school student, I spent my summers working in general construction before landing my first full-time job in a local cabinet shop.
Eventually, I started my own company. For 11 years, I traveled around the country working for different restaurant chains and learned various construction techniques. Still, I wanted to lead a classroom, so in 2008 I became a technical instructor at Washburn Tech.
I’ve made one consistent observation of my students. When they find something they’re passionate about, they become better at everything else. I, myself, am currently attending Washburn University to improve my skills as an instructor. I hope that someday I will have touched a student’s life and changed it for the better the way so many others have done for me.