8th Grade Math
I am excited to start the 2020-2021 school year! This is my 10th year teaching and my first year at NWC. I will be teaching 8th-grade math: Geometry and Algebra. It was in my previous school (I taught at Bridges Academy, a school for 2x exceptional students) where I learned to differentiate to a population composed of gifted students with learning challenges.
I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and now live in Los Angeles with my wife, two children, and our Alaskan Klee Kai dog named Ghost Snow Queen in the North. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a credential from CSUDH, and clear credential in math from SDSU. During my senior year at UCLA, I got the winning kill of the game in the 2006 NCAA championship in volleyball. After that, I joined the USA national team and competed in various tournaments including winning a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 2008. After college I pursued a career in professional volleyball, traveling all around the world and experiencing different cultures, learning different languages, and getting an education beyond a classroom that I never could have imagined. In my off-seasons, I spent a lot of time mentoring kids through teaching, summer camps, and have been coaching basketball and volleyball for over 20 years.
I plan to incorporate my abroad experiences into the classroom with stories and connections to the world. I really enjoy working with adolescents and look to make a positive contribution to their lives. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my family, surfing, traveling, going to the beach, and playing volleyball.