I grew up in Woodbridge - Irvine, and attended Stone Creek, Lakeside, and Woodbridge High. Following a couple years attending Orange Coast College, I transferred to California State University, Chico. It was there that I found a love for the outdoors and for learning about science and history. I spent my summers in the Sierra Nevada, where I worked as a counselor, lead counselor, and Leaders-In-Training coordinator, for a YMCA summer camp called Camp Tulequoia (near Sequoia National Park). This experience led me down the path towards teaching, as I fell in love with sharing the joys of nature. I find inspiration in the Giant Sequoias, and the geography of our wonderful state of California.
Upon graduating from CSU, Chico, I traveled to Europe for a 6 month solo adventure. I traveled, worked, experienced the wide variety of cultures there, and met tons of amazing people. Since that experience, I have fallen in love with traveling and have seen approximately 27 different countries on 5 different continents. My goal is to make it to every continent, but not just to say I have been there. I want to experience all the world has to offer, so I can inspire others to do the same. We live in such a diverse world...why not experience it all, so we can appreciate what we have.
In May 2009, I received my Master's degree for teaching from Chapman University. Lastly, in the summer of 2010, I married my best friend Rebecca in Yosemite National Park. The wedding was beautiful and perfect, I could not imagine a better experience.
I love teaching, and feel very fortunate that I can be a part of the Science Specialist program in IUSD. Hopefully my love of nature, science, travel, and learning has and will continue to inspire my students to experience the world in any way they can.