About Me

From Midway down to Spanaway up to Seattle and now Bellingham: I am a product of the Puget Sound region. Growing up as an only child, I learned creative ways to occupy my time. My main hobbies as a kid included drawing, martial arts, skateboarding, basketball, custom cars, and entertaining others. 

I graduated from Federal Way public schools in 1996 and later served the district through AmeriCorps, the national community service organization. My volunteer experience sparked an interest in issues involving education, equity, and diversity. After brief stints at Pierce College and Highline Community College, I transferred to Western Washington University in 1999. While at Western I gravitated toward the American Cultural Studies program where I studied U.S. history, sociology, and political science. 

After earning a bachelor's degree in 2003, I collaborated with friends on a not-for-profit venture called Project 2050, an organization that aspired to inspire courageous conversations about controversial issues through creative communication. Collaborating with schools, community organizers, artists, and activists provided meaningful and rewarding work. Unfortunately, maintaining Project 2050 proved to be unsustainable at that juncture in life. 

Looking to pursue a different direction, all signs seemed pointed toward public education. In 2005, I returned to Western Washington University, enrolled in Woodring College, and earned a master's degree in teaching in 2007I have been teaching in the Bellingham Public Schools ever since.