Born and raised in Southern California, I came to Northern California and attended UC Berkeley where I graduated with a degree in Materials Science Engineering. After 10 years as an engineer and program manager, I wanted to do something more and made the change to become a teacher. I started my teaching career at St Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda where I taught Physics, Astronomy and Math for 8 years. I then taught one year at San Leandro High School before coming to Encinal. I live in Alameda with my wife Alice, and two children, Griffin and Logan. I also help coach the volleyball team and I am thrilled to be a Jet and teach in my community!
Success happens when opportunity meets preparation. I teach to prepare my students for college or whatever opportunities they may have in their future. In their senior year, I want them to be able to choose what they want to do with their future. I constantly try to relate what we are teaching to their everyday lives. I also emphasize a problem solving approach to Physics and Math and emphasize having good study habits. What may seem difficult the first day, will become less difficult the next if you continue to work at it. Come to school and be a little bit better than the day before. Many of my students may not know what they want to study in college. With my previous career as an Engineer, I had the opportunity to work with a variety of different professionals. As I get to know my students, I get to know their personalities and strengths which reminds me of different people that I worked with, and I hope that I can help guide them into a field of study of future profession.
I love being a teacher. In my first year of teaching, I received a phone call from Google, asking me if I was interested in a position there. Without hesitation I said, "No, I love being a teacher." I hope they did ok with that Google thing...