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I was born in Mississippi. When I was five, my family moved to California. I went to high school at Chowchilla Union High School. After high school I went to Puerto Rico as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I fell in love with the people in Puerto Rico and the culture. When I got home in 1983, I went to BYU and got a job teaching Spanish at the MTC in Provo, Utah. I liked teaching so much that I changed my major from Computer Engineering, to Spanish Education (with a minor in Math). In December 2005, I finished my M.B.A. in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
I got married to the woman of my dreams on July 2, 1987. We have three children: a daughter (26) and two sons (24 and 22). We also have two dogs: a Chihuahua-Dachshund-Beagle mix named Tanner, and an Australian Cattle Dog named Hank.
In my spare time, I like to go bike riding, read, go to the movies, play with my dogs, or play games (especially card games) with family and friends. Every chance I get, I also like to get into a game of Ultimate Frisbee.
I teach because I enjoy feeling like I make a difference in someone’s life. One of my favorite quotes expresses much of why I decided to become a teacher. Although it is mainly about a parent’s influence, it also pertains to teachers (after all, parents are fundamentally teachers):
“Our children take their flight into the future with our thrust and with our aim. And even as we anxiously watch that arrow in flight and know all the evils that can deflect its course after it has left our hand, nevertheless we take courage in remembering that the most important mortal factor in determining that arrow’s destination will be the stability, strength, and unwavering certainty of the holder of the bow.” (Jeffrey R. Holland)