Hello! This is a bit about me, Tom Byrne! Currently, I live in Hemlock with my beautiful wife and partner, Julie, and our two wonderful boys, Seth (17 yrs) and Charlie (15 yrs), who attend Hemlock Public Schools. We practice the Catholic faith and belong to Holy Spirit Parish in Shields.
Now let me take it from the beginning. I grew up in a traditional home where dad worked and mom stayed at home. I lived on a small 120 acre farm in Pinconning, MI, with my three sisters and attended St Michael's Catholic School. I graduated from Pinconning High School in 1985, attended Delta College, and then transferred to Western Michigan University from which I earned a B.S. degree in Aviation Technology and Operations in 1990. For the next 10 years I worked in aviation teaching flying, flying cargo, and working as an aircraft mechanic. During that time I met my wife, and we married in 1997. In 2000 I was hired by Southwest Airlines as an airline pilot, and for the next 17 years I enjoyed a life of travel and flying airplanes. Our boys were born in 2001 and 2004, and seeing that I was gone a lot, my wife quit working outside the home and instead became a ‘stay-at-home’ mom. In 2017, at 51 yrs old, I had a medical problem which took away my wings and left me grounded.
For the second half of my life I had to figure out what I wanted to do, besides fly airplanes. After much thought and soul searching, I decided to get into teaching. I felt that not only could I be a positive influence and role model for kids, but personally, it would be a fulfilling and rewarding profession knowing I am making a difference. From 2018-2019, I attended Saginaw Valley State University and student taught math at Hemlock Middle School. I graduated from SVSU with a teaching degree in May 2019.
Now for the rest of the story. For the school year 2019-2020, I accepted a part-time position at St Peter's Lutheran School as a science and math teacher. I am excited about teaching at St Peter for two reasons. One, I feel like I can make a difference in our young children’s lives, and two, by becoming more active in the community of Hemlock, I will now have a feeling of belonging.