I was born in Worland, Wyoming and lived there until I left for college at 18. By far, the best part about living in a small town was the education I was able to receive. I had wonderful teachers, who encouraged me to explore a variety of opportunities. I was involved in band, cross country, track, and a variety of clubs. I traveled through most of the western United States, Washington D.C., and I was an exchange student to Italy.
I came to southern California to attend Whittier College, majoring in Biochemistry. Most people believed I would have majored in music or in writing, but science had always been my passion. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree in immunology. Yet, I found that teaching high school was my calling.
I started my career at Duarte High School, which was a wonderful environment for a young teacher to experiment with a variety of instructional strategies and to learn a tremendous amount about young people. I then moved to Whittier High School and have been working as a science teacher.
I have been married since 1996 to my wonderful and supportive wife, Crissy. I have three incredible sons, Jason, Derek, and Kevin. My family has been wonderfully supportive and encouraging with my writing and my involvement in childhood sexual abuse.