Growing up in the country outside of Milwaukee, WI, the forests and swamps surrounding my home inspired as much in me as the textbooks at school. I loved nature and the language we tried to capture it in, and eventually went to the University of Wisconsin - Madison to get my BA with Honors in French Literature and Political Science. I then taught and did advanced study at UCLA in French and Instructive Methodology, and after two years I decided to fully focus on teaching. That is when I found City Kids. City Kids is a special place for many reasons. I love that it empowers teachers to exercise the same research-based techniques that I was studying at UCLA, while integrating real-world application and independent exploration. As a teacher, I seek to inspire students to see wonder in the world and in themselves, and then to engage these worlds through the practice of math, science, language, etc. The French writer Anoint de Saint-Exupéry wrote, “If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by toiling at wood, but awaken in people a love for the endless and immense ocean.” Such is the work of a teacher, and it is work that I love.
Outside of school, I write and perform music with my band Stolen Audio, and hang out with my cat, Buddha.