I have been teaching at Royal since September of 1989. I have taught every mathematics subject we offer at Royal from Algebra to Calculus. I currently teach AP Statistics, CP Statistics, AP Computer Science andComputer Programming. Additionally, I am Co-Chair of the Math Department with my colleague and friend Mr. Bob Willging.
My college education began at Moorpark College where I was originally an accounting major. My plans were to become an FBI agent. After considering what effect that might have on my eventual family, I decided to change my career goal and use my love of math to teach others. I was inspired to do so by my former teacher and colleague, Mr. Keith Barker, who retired from Royal in 2004. Mr. Barker was inducted into the Ventura County Educators Hall of Fame on June 23, 2012. I was honored and priveleged to make his induction speech.
After Moorpark, I transferred to UC San Diego, then to UC Riverside where I received my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1987. After a year of teacher credential work at CSUN, I got a job at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino where I taught Geometry and coached basketball. I taught at Crespi for one year while I was finishing my teaching credential. The next year, there was an opening for a math teacher at Royal High School and I was hired! During my first three years at Royal, I also coached the sophomore boy's basketball team, leading my team to the Marmonte League championship in my final season (1991-92).
In the summer of 1994 I was fortunate to be accepted into a Masters degree program at CSUN that was designed for secondary math teachers and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This three-year program was in Mathematics Education with a Special Emphasis on Technology. Those three years were among the best of my life and changed me forever as a teacher. Among the many things I gained were deep knowledge of the use of Texas Instruments graphing calculators, Geometer's Sketchpad software and a renewed interest in statistics. I also gained many new friends and colleagues from around Southern California. I graduated with my Master's degree in May of 1997.
I was born in Jackson, Michigan. My family moved to Simi Valley when I was three years old. I have lived here ever since. I attended Lincoln, Katherine and Arcane Elementary schools, Sinaloa Middle School (then a Junior High School) and Royal High School (Class of 1982).
Among my many interests are computers, music, sports and most recently, long distance running. I have run 5 marathons (26.2 miles) and 4 half-marathons (13.1 miles) since 2007. On March 20th, 2011, I ran the LA Marathon in pouring rain, but managed to finish with my best time ever - 4:21:19! After a fews years of being sidelined due to an Achilles tendon injury, I am hoping to make my comeback sometime in 2015/16.
I am blessed to have a loving and beautiful wife and three healthy, energetic children ages 16, 17 and 19 years. It is due to the four of them that I look forward to waking up and greeting each new day.