Where I come from
I was born in Centralia, Washington, approximately 90 miles north of Portland, Oregon. I grew up in Onalaska, Washington, a small logging community east of Centralia, Washington. I am the oldest of three children. I have a younger brother and sister.
After high school, I attended community college at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. I was a three sport athlete – participating in cross country, basketball, and track. My sophomore year, my team had a perfect season (33-0). After Clark, I went to college at Eastern Oregon University, living in La Grande, Oregon for three years. At the university level, I also participated in three sports. I attended Portland State University to obtain a graduate degree in Special Education.
Why I teach at Multnomah
God has led me to a number of blessed opportunities throughout the years, being hired to teach the Introduction to Special Education Course is an example. Teaching at Multnomah allows me to share my knowledge and experiences in a manner that reaches students spiritually and with biblical reflection.
Current ministry outside class
I am a member of my local church and I am dedicated to the life of a believer. I am a teacher at Bible Study programs and enjoy this time to learn from others as well.
Education and research
I am currently the Birth-21 Director of Special Education at Oakville School District, in Oakville, Washington. I also teach middle and high school Special Education at the school district. I have also taught a number of years in the field of Autism. My focus has always been “Education for Everyone.” I plan on continuing this focus, as I continue my education in the years to come and teach others.
People who inspire me
I am inspired by the spirituality and beliefs of my father. He is a wise man who is a true believer and a man of his word. As he and I worship together, I learn more about the Bible and how to apply its teachings to my own life.
Favorite book in the Bible
My favorite book of the Bible is Psalms. I find the book to be one of strength, help, and hope. When working with parents of children with special needs I feel inspired by the readings.
Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities
I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my son play sports, and working out when I have the time. I enjoy traveling – Mexico is my favorite vacation destination!
I am married to a wonderful husband and have a son. We enjoy spending time with our extended family.