This will be my 21st year of teaching as a full-time teacher.
However, to get here: I was born in Iowa and moved to California by age 5. I grew up, and graduated High School, in Redlands. During my senior year in HS I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and spent 6 years before being honorably discharged.
When I began my teaching career, it started in the Pomona Unified School District, at Diamond Ranch High School. I taught there for 9 years teaching Business, and Computer based elective courses such as: Computer Programming; Web Design; Game Design; Computer Applications; etc... To help build better relationships with students, I was actively involved with a number of student lead clubs, such as: Club 180 (Christian/bible Club); Habitat for Humanity; Gaming Club; and, Computer Programming. Additionally, I helped out with other clubs as well.
With my background in teaching and education in computer sciences (degree in Computer Programming and was working towards my Masters in Software Engineering), Perris Union High School District thought I would be a good fit. When hired, I was given the opportunity to work a Perris High School or Perris Lake. For a new experience and to go where I felt I could have a positive impact, and for the challenge, I chose Perris Lake High School. I've been blessed because of this decision.
At Perris Lake, I've taught a variety of courses similar to what I was teaching at Diamond Ranch High School. But, I've added a courses to the list: Graphic Arts; Game Programming; Credit Recovery using A+; and now, Credit Recovery using Plato/Edmentum software. And, I've had the honor of being the Leading Lights Bible Club advisor for the past 9 years.
It has been a great career with many memories of the thousands of students I've been able to meet and that have enriched my life, as I hope I have theirs.