âI think my favorite memory as an activities director was working with great teachers and great athletes,â he said.
In 2005, Forney became assistant principal of Abraham Lincoln High School. After a few years he was appointed director of Tucker College & Career Center, where he oversaw career and technical education.
âWe had a career fair in eighth grade at that time,â he said. âIt just allows the children to think about their future. “
During the renovation of Council Bluffs Stadium, Abraham Lincoln’s director of operations Jeff Novotny asked whether to include a video board and let the students work with the camera and use the video board. Forney recruited instructor Randy Lau at the Tucker Center (now in AL) to help make it happen.
âWe created a sports broadcast program at the Tucker Center,â he said. “It was a real joy to see the children working with the video card and the cameras.”
Soon after, Forney returned to an assistant lead role with Abraham Lincoln. The Tucker Center closed in the fall of 2019.
He grew up on a farm near Tabor and attended community schools in Fremont-Mills. In high school, he played football, basketball (his favorite sport), track and field, and baseball. It was also at this time that he became interested in teaching.