Before moving to sunny California, I spent the first 22 years of my life in the midwest, growing up in La Crosse, WI and then attending college at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where I earned a B.A. in English and a B.F.A. in Acting. After graduation, I packed up everything I owned and moved to Los Angeles, where I began my career in teaching and earned an M.A. in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University. The 2017-2018 school year marks my second at High Tech High North County, and my first teaching 10th grade! I previously taught 9th grade English at Community Charter Early College High School in Los Angeles and Envision Academy in Oakland. Things I love (outside of teaching): baseball (Go Cubs!), singing, recording and producing music, performing in plays and musicals, improv comedy, hanging out with my wife and two cats (George and Hamlet), and doing just about anything creative.