Thanks for the note, the thoughts, and the invite. Bonnie and I are doing well as we transition into another chapter of our lives. Recently we both left full-time ministry to pursue teaching and/or administration in a charter or public school.
Bonnie is pursuing a leadership position with Green Dot Charter schools in Los Angeles. At this time, this looks like our most promising possibility. Green Dot has a track record of producing great schools in the worst areas of L.A. She will finish her masters in school leadership at the University of Nevada in May. She has a great heart to see inner city kids receive a quality education. She is also working at 2 part-time jobs---teaching at Excel Christian School (one of the 2 schools she founded) and doing the books for a local archeology company.
I have 4 part-time jobs and have finished getting all of my music teaching credentials up to date. I am a music professor at Western Nevada College; I teach private lessons and do some studio work in our home; I sub at local schools; and I am the keyboardist/guitarist for a church in Fernley, NV. In January, I was offered a 15 week contract to be a ship pianist with Holland America but turned it down. I am applying for music teaching positions at junior colleges, charter schools, and public schools. Feel free to let others know that Bonnie and I are considering all options and would appreciate any connections or leads that the old gang might have.
We miss the great people associated with Hand in Hand and send our best, but our schedules won’t allow us to get away at this time.
This is a family picture taken in December of 2009.
Jared (our oldest son) owns one of the largest civil engineering companies in Reno. That's his wife, Heather, and their 2 daughters, Kyla (with the tilted head) and Makenna.
Jalen, our middle child in the front with the dog, is the audio/video director for the stage show of The Price is Right. He is strongly considering the military.
Marissa, our youngest, is the brunette in the back row. She has a degree in International Business from Pepperdine University. She works as a consultant for Cognisant, the largest consulting firm in the entertainment industry. Currently, she is working with Warner Brothers and rides her horse every chance she gets.
We are extremely proud to have such great kids and grandkids. They place a very high value on us staying close and getting together often.
Keep being a great people!
Jim and Bonnie
2277 Soda Lake Road
Fallon, NV 89406
Jim's email- firstname.lastname@example.orgSamples of my music can be heard (and seen) at http://www.myspace.com/jimkrupa.