I grew up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. When I was a kid, I enjoyed camping with my family, mountain biking with friends, and practicing cello and piano. After graduating from Port Angeles High School, I attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. While in college I played in the school orchestra and lacrosse team, and had many adventures in the North Cascades. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, focusing on outdoor recreation.
I began managing the tallest climbing wall in Washington State and started programming for at-risk middle school students through the YMCA. I spent two seasons teaching outdoor education at the 100 Elk Outdoor Center and another season at the Leelanau Outdoor Center. I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where I helped open the Bow-Isle Outdoor Centre. I Co-Directed that for two years while building a house and then moved to Tempe, AZ where I became a substitute math teacher for Math and Music high school classes. I taught environmental education for a season with Teton Science Schools before returning to school to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and a teaching certificate in secondary education. For my student teaching, I had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand to teach for three months. Upon my return to the states, I began teaching middle school math at North Country School, an outdoor-based, private boarding school in Lake Placid, NY. I have now finally come to rest at The Link School.
In my free time, I enjoy a plethora of activities, especially just about every activity I’ve tried outside. I enjoy both domestic and international travel, have visited Israel and Palestine, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and New Zealand as well as visiting 20 different states just in one summer. I still enjoy playing piano and cello and have started playing ultimate Frisbee with increasing frequency.