“Between the act and the idea a whole kingdom lies.”
– Richard Ford “Rock Springs”
I was born in 1987 at Henry Mayo Hospital in Santa Clarita. I grew up in Santa Clarita, living in the same house just up the street from Saugus High School from birth, until I bought my own home with my wife just a few years ago.
The public school system in Santa Clarita has provided me with an education I am proud of. I attended Rosedell Elementary, Arroyo Seco Jr. High, and Saugus High School. I had amazing experiences at all of these schools, creating friendships that endure to today, and building my education to a level that I feel is very well rounded and full.
After graduating high school I spent two years getting my AA at College of the Canyons, and then two more years getting my BA at Cal State Northridge, both degrees in English. The education I received from the Santa Clarita public school system prepared me well for my studies in college, making it possible for me to work nearly full time at Sunshine Learning Centers. Since I was not behind or struggling in any area I was able to spend much of my free time working at a job that gave me a lot of enjoyment, rather than spending a ton of time studying and just trying to catch up. I have loved working with children for a very long time, which is why I was very happy to be able to work as a daycare counselor in college, and am looking to pursue a career in education now.
Following my graduation from CSUN, I attempted to join the LA County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy. I put about a year’s worth of time and effort into preparing for and applying for this position, but ultimately it did not pan out. Unfortunately, I had a significant sport’s injury a year previous, and I was never able to get that ailment strong enough to meet the high demands of an every day, physically intensive training academy. While I was eager to serve my community as a Sheriff’s Deputy and saddened that this path was effectively closed to me, one door closing allows another to be opened, which is how I came to pursue a career as a teacher.
Still looking for a solid career path, and in an area that I would enjoy personally, I decided that becoming a teacher could make me very happy. I have always loved working with kids, and I also have a passion for learning. Joining The University of La Verne’s credentialing program in March of 2015, I have worked as hard and quickly as possible to complete the requirements necessary to become a credentialed teacher in California. I will be fully complete, with a processed Preliminary Credential in the first few weeks of June.
In the past few months I have had the privilege to do the requisite student teaching for my credential at Arroyo Seco Jr. High. It has been so much fun to come back to a school I graduated from and work as a teacher there. I have so many fond memories, and so much respect for the time I spent at all of my schools, and I have been loving every minute of my opportunity to to help train the next generation coming through this fine institution. While I am excited about all of the teaching opportunities opening to me here in California, I think I would be most pleased to work within the William S. Hart District that has been such an influential part of my life and education.
On a personal note, I married my wonderful wife in September of 2013. we bought a little house where will still live today out in the quaint little town of Sleepy Valley, just between Santa Clarita and Agua Dulce. We enjoy quite a bit of our little cottage home out in the woods of Santa Clarita!
In September of 2015 we welcomed our first child into our lives. I am the proud father of a beautiful little boy. He brings both his mother and me so much joy – if perhaps a couple less-than-restful nights as well.
I have an amazing family that I love very much, and I am looking forward to making a large addition to it by way of an extended school-family. The camaraderie and support I see within the best education institutions is something that I desire to be a part of, and I can’t wait to find out what school will be willing to let me become a part of their family!
The distance between our dreams and reality is
determined by the effort we invest to reach them.