I have been a passionate and committed science educator for 15 years. I received two B.A. degrees from Arizona State University in Biology and Secondary Education and my M.A. degree in Science Teaching from Northern Arizona University. I have had the opportunity to teach in a number of different educational environments. My first teaching job was at a large public school in Glendale, AZ. After six years in public school, I moved on to an independent day school in Spokane, WA. After four years in Spokane, I wanted to shake things up so my wife and I decided to move overseas and teach in an international school in Zhuhai, China. After a two-year stint in China, we moved to a boarding school in Rabun Gap, GA, where we have spent the last three years enjoying the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Each of these stops has afforded me amazing opportunities to work with incredibly diverse student populations.
I believe in practicing what I preach so I have made it a priority in my career to continue growing professionally, but also personally. One of my first life-changing experiences happened when I took a 3.5 week trip to the Galapagos. This was my first true experience out of the country and one that would plant the seed for many future travels. My Galapagos adventure was followed up by a 9.5 week backpacking trek through Europe. As my career progressed in Spokane, I worked hard to get selected for several professional growth opportunities including a Bioinformatics workshop in Seattle, a multitasking, learning, and memory workshop in Salt Lake, and the Siemens STEM Institute in Washington D.C. My free time in China was spent traveling all over S.E. Asia with visits to Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Australia. Most recently, I was selected for an EPI fellowship in Costa Rica to help collect data on leatherback sea turtles.
When not in the classroom, you can find me spending time with my beautiful and amazing wife Julie, and our two incredible children, Matthew and Addisyn. I enjoy spending time outdoors, but you can also find me enjoying a college football game or Diamondbacks game on the television. Unfortunately, the Suns aren’t worth watching at this point.