I have a B.S. in Earth Systems with a focus in Biology from Stanford University, an M.S. in Education from Walden University and most recently an M.S. in School Administration from Concordia University. Before teaching I worked as a molecular geneticist for a biotech company in San Diego and volunteered as a zookeeper at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Currently I am a Teacher on Special Assignment as Arcadia High School's Instructional Coach. I was a Science teacher for 15 years. . I began my teaching career at Carver MS in South Los Angeles through Teach For America in 1999. That is where I met my wife who is also a teacher in LAUSD. In 2003 I taught for one year at Muir HS in Pasadena before becoming a stay-at-home dad for 2 years. When I returned to teaching in 2006 I was fortunate to find a home here at Arcadia High School.
At Arcadia High School I have taught Biology, Biophysical Science, Human Physiology, AP Environmental Science and coached Girls and Boys Volleyball. The APES curriculum is especially close to my heart because I so strongly believe in the issues of environmental stewardship and personal responsibility for our changing world. Check out the APES website we created!
I live in Pasadena with my wife and 14 year old daughter, Xochitl. My family loves nature, the outdoors and spending time with our adopted desert tortoise Leonard, two box turtles, finches in our aviary, a cockatiel, pond and aquariums full of fish, a snake, three chickens, and our dog Lilly.
I look forward to working with you this year to make it challenging and memorable!