I was born 1984 in the urbane town of Carson City, Nevada. I lived
until I was nine in a small village slightly to the south of there,
named Markleeville. From ages nine until 14 I was educated at a small
school in Ojai, southern California, where my desire to teach emerged.
This school, founded by the Indian philosopher, Krishnamurti, remains
a model of education that I seek to emulate. When I turned 14 my
mother took my sister and me to India for a year, where we toured some of the sister schools to the one I had attended for elementary. Seeing education in another culture was transformational for me, and I reflect upon that experience often. While in India I also had the
chance to train with a mountain division of the Indian Army for two months. I remain the youngest person to have completed this rigorous
program. After India I attended boarding school in England for two years. The school was of an international nature, with 50 students from 32 different countries. Those two years proved to be very interesting and
enlightening, as far as how the rest of the world works. Between high school and college I took two years off during which I worked for Patagonia, and began my career as a carpenter. When I did return to school it was at Humboldt State University, where I earned a bachelors in geography, my multiple subjects teaching credential, and
began a masters in education. Aside from teaching, my passions in no particular order are; kayaking, surfing, climbing, skiing, hotsprings, beaches, photography, hiking/
backpacking, cycling, and swimming.
I am very excited to be the new teacher at Salmon Creek Community School, and look forward to the coming year.