My younger days were spent overseas with my missionary parents. I have traveled to many parts of the world and lived in many places including Mexico, Palau, and the Philippines. I currently live on a ranch in Live Oak. I love growing my own food, tending chickens, and living a simple farm life with my family. My current hobby is preparing for a motorcycle tour of the Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route and later, over the summer, portions of the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route and the Trans Canada Trail.
When it comes to being a teacher, I am always grateful to those who invested in me, led me to Christ, gave me great reading material, challenged my weak thinking, made me uncomfortable with what I thought was true, and believed in me as I learned. I look back and see that many of my truly formative experiences in life were overseen by Adventist teachers. I truly feel grateful, indebted in fact, to my teachers, and to my children's teachers, and it gives me joy to give back in a way; to help supply the "raw materials" of an education; to be able to interact with students as they construct their learning, and perhaps help my students deepen their connection with Christ. Grading a giant stack of papers is truly a necessary evil, but there is one part of teaching that I believe I would do for free. I truly love the daily give and take conversations and laughs shared with my students. I value the artistic side of teaching a bit more than the (necessary) plodding progress; the anticipation, joy, and surprise that can be unlocked in learning. I am grateful to you, parents, and students, and coworkers, for your patience, kindness, and for letting me learn with you.