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My Background

I was born in San Diego in 1990 and grew up in Rancho Bernardo. I received my education within Poway Unified School District, attending Turtleback Elementary School, Bernardo Heights Middle School, and Rancho Bernardo High School. At RBHS, I was very active in the music program as a percussionist with marching band, wind ensemble, and symphony orchestra. Drumline was my favorite and I was elected section leader my senior year playing tenors. In addition, I spent two summers in Europe performing classical music with fellow students from all over Southern California. I was also very active with the Boy Scouts of America and eventually received my Eagle Scout award before attending college.

From 2008 to 2012, I attended the University of California in Santa Barbara to pursue a bachelors degree in history with a minor in English. My senior thesis was written on the Genocide Convention of 1948 and the role the United States played in its implementation. I also performed with the UCSB Wind Ensemble for two years and served as a Community Service Officer with the University of California Police Department. Upon graduating from UCSB, I knew that I wanted to become an educator.

I moved back to San Diego in the summer of 2012 and began a two year masters program at the University of San Diego. In addition to achieving a masters degree in curriculum and instruction, I also received my single subject teaching credential in social science and English. In the Spring of 2013, I taught at Kearny High School (Digital Media and Design) in a world history class in my first student teaching position. The following semester (Fall 2013) was spent student teaching at West Hills High School. In addition to teaching, I carried out a two-phase action research plan, which I presented at the annual Action Research Conference in May 2014 at the University of San Diego.

I have been teaching humanities at Del Lago Academy for the past three years. I have experience teaching 10th grade English and World History, and am currently instructing our seniors in AP English (Language and Composition) as well as Government and Economics.

I come from a very large family – I am the oldest of six kids! Most of them now live in Las Vegas, but my father and I stayed local. In 2014, I was married in Maui, Hawaii, and my wife and I spent the next couple of years traveling the world with the free time we had. In March 2016, we welcomed our son, Huntington, to the world.

I have many hobbies I have developed over the years and continue to indulge in today. I enjoy camping and hiking – there is something to be said for getting in tune with nature. I love to travel as well; it is my goal to travel to every continent (two down, five to go). I also enjoy watching and playing sports. Growing up in San Diego, I have always been a diehard Padres and Chargers fan. Due to the Chargers' tumultuous departure to Los Angeles, I have switched colors and now support the Atlanta Falcons (my stepfather is from Atlanta). In addition, I enjoy watching German soccer (Bundesliga) and my favorite team is Bayern Munich. My other favorite hobby is watching movies, old and new.