Since we will be spending quite a bit of time together this year, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born on October 26th, 1957 in Santa Rosa, CA. I am lucky to be a 5th generation native of Santa Rosa. In fact, my great great grandfather was the first doctor in Santa Rosa when it was actually called Franklin Town. I am also fortunate to be a member of the Qawalangin Aleut Tribe (Alaskan Native Indian) from my mother's side of the family. I went to Village Elementary, Herbert Slater Junior High, Montgomery High School and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla, CA.
After graduating with a degree in Visual Arts and an emphasis in Film Making, I moved to the island of Maui to document an adventure of bicycling and camping around the island. At the end of this incredible journey, I realized I wanted to become a teacher and share my passion for the Creative Arts with children. I packed up my bike and camera and headed back to the mainland to enroll at San Francisco State University to get my teaching credential. After teaching at St. John's in Healdsburg for two and a half years, I was given the opportunity in 1983 to come to Kawana to teach a 5th/6th grade combination class, coach the Volleyball and Basketball teams, and organize a student council. I have been at the Big K ever since and love my job!
Aside from teaching, my passions include long distance swimming, playing in the surf, traveling to islands ( big and small) and spending time with my family which includes two yappy little Pomeranians and two Alaskan Huskies. I've been married for the past 28 years to my wonderful wife and we have three children; all currently in college.
My philosophy is simple: Always give it your best, don't give up and learn from your mistakes!