Raised in Nevada County, I grew up attending schools which valued a diverse educational mix of academics, arts and extra curricular activities. After graduating from Bear River, I attended Sacramento State University as a music student, studying saxophone and working in the valley as a performing musician. After a few years, I decided to become a teacher. I had spent some time in classrooms and really felt that I could bring change to the lives of kids who struggled to find their calling. I changed direction and entered the teacher credentialing program.
During this time, I met my wife Amber. She had a calling in the medical field and as I was completing my teaching credential, Amber was preparing for medical school. We ended up moving to the Bay Area, landing in Alameda. For the next 15 years, I worked in education as an Elementary and Middle School Teacher for Newark Unified and as an Administrator for Newark, Alameda and Hayward. I completed my Masters Degree at Cal State East Bay and we had 2 children.
In November of 2018 the opportunity presented itself to move back home to Nevada County as the Principal at Lyman Gilmore. Amber and I discussed it with our children and determined it was time. The entire family was excited to leave the city and get back to a quieter, greener and calmer community.