He was born
in 1959 in Smyrna, Georgia, a little
town just outside of Atlanta. In 1976, he graduated from Campbell High School. He was a mediocre soccer player for Campbell, but his grades were pretty
good. He graduated with honors and was a member of the National Honor Society. His high school typing class used a typewriter,
not a computer. Tall and thin (can you imagine?), with thick glasses and long hair, he was kind of geeky. All known photographs
of him from that time have been destroyed.
After high school,
he enrolled in Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Oglethorpe gave him a partial scholarship, but his first year
was nothing to write home about. Unfortunately, the school sent his grades to his parents anyway. They were not happy. They
were definitely not happy when Oglethorpe terminated his scholarship. For various reasons, Mr. E’s academic performance
improved his second year. After four years at Oglethorpe, Mr. E graduated magna cum laude in 1980, completing the
requirements for two majors, Business Administration and Economics.
Although Oglethorpe did not offer a major in computer science, Mr. E took
several classes (all they offered) in computer programming. After graduation, he worked five years programming computers,
eventually managing a team of computer programmers at American Express.
In 1985, Mr. E moved to Durham, North Carolina, returning to school full-time,
at Duke University. For two years, he attended Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, earning a Masters degree in business administration. For the next eleven
years he worked in the energy industry, spending some time on Wall Street, and later developing energy projects and products
in Texas, the mid-west, and the southeast. At times a lobbyist, a banker, or entrepreneur, sometimes a commodities trader,
portfolio manager, or investment analyst; it required much traveling.
across the mid-west and the southeast, visiting suppliers and customers, chasing the next deal, he eventually grew
weary with the travel. In 1998, after considering several alternatives, he took a part-time job teaching at Trident Technical College and a part-time job teaching at the Discipline School in Charleston County.
He really liked working with students, so he applied for and was accepted into an accelerated teacher certification program.
After a year at Trident and Charleston County, he was hired to teach in Berkeley County at Stratford High School, just
nine miles from his home. Now a fully certified teacher, he loves his work.