Contact Info and Bio
Department: LiteracyEmail: [email protected]
Greetings students and parents!
I’d like to tell you a little about myself, but, oh! where to begin?
I’m a Georgian by birth, Arizonian by childhood, and Floridian by adolescence. The Sunshine (Rainshine) State has been my humid, rainy, and often sultry home for 28 years. My education is entirely local as well; I graduated from Pine Ridge High School in ’02, Associates at Seminole in 2012, then succeeding undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCF in English and Creative Writing. Doctoral studies are in the offing.
UHS has been my home for the past four years and, every year, I look forward to working with an exciting batch of new young people.
Much like the youth I teach, my life doesn’t revolve around school (though it should, for you, go study... even more), and a rather wide and culturally opposed set of hobbies fill my rare chunks of spare time. I’m a Crossfit athlete, weightlifter, painter, amateur chef, dungeon master, video gamer. My home is stuffed to the brim with gaming and anime memorabilia. Furthermore, I am a life-long martial artist having taught and earned, instructor credentials in Kenpo, Judo, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, and have actively competed in submission wrestling and in local karate tournament circuits. I wrestle with the boys’ wrestling team at UHS, partially out of a desire to help, and partially out of a love of the technical beauty of the sport itself.
Finally, I am a family man: a husband of 13 years (as of December) and father of 12 and 10-year-old daughters. My desire to be a role-model for them is as strong as it is to be one for my students, and I strive daily to impart the importance of a lettered, educated, and professional self-presentation in everyday life.
I also like tacos.