I was born in Paradise.
No, really. Paradise, California. I was raised in nearby Chico, home to one of America’s largest municipal parks, the most almond growers in the world, and the first kiwifruit in North America. It was a modest upbringing.
But I heard a higher calling, beckoning me to the city.
Bushy-tailed, starry-eyed, and full of an intoxicating vim-vigor combination, I blew past San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle and settled in Vancouver, Canada, where I would study at the University of British Columbia. Specializing in photography, film, and sculpture, I completed my B.A. in Visual Arts in 2010 and was snatched up by the university shortly thereafter. I spent two enlightening years working as an exhibit designer at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
Since then I have been combining my Jedi design skills with my passion for education.
I have always loved to teach, and discovered the joy of working with youth at an early age. It has been a challenging but rewarding population to work with and I am constantly amazed by their incredible power, presence, and potential. Like many of my peers, I suffered in high school through many traumatic new experiences, but was fortunate to have had a support structure in place that allowed me to thrive. We are living in an accelerated culture where adolescents are aggressively marketed to, disconnected from their peers, and faced with more obstacles than ever before. I want to empower students to engage with, make sense of, and contribute to the world as not just consumers but producers of culture. I want to serve as a guide for future generations and could not imagine a more rewarding career to devote myself to than to teach, inspire and activate young minds.
Over the last few years, I have provided academic instruction through several local organizations in addition to offering private tutoring sessions to clients. I have had the privilege of working with all kinds of youth populations: from the talented students at the BC Creative Center, to teens with autism at the Canucks Autism Network, to the young survivors of cancer attending Camp Goodtimes. I have a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia and am currently bringing my dedication to art education into the Secondary school system in Coquitlam.
What else is there to know about me?
I am married to the love of my life and have a beautiful baby girl. I am fascinated by travel, whether it is on the rice paddies of Indonesia, the alleyways of Berlin, the canals of Venice, or the cliff sides of Greece. I have a deep affection for music and am a lifelong audiophile, a self-taught guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, and novice producer. I have had a huge appreciation of film for as long as I can remember; I attended a specialized film and technology-based program in secondary school and have been a hobbyist ever since. I adore Canada in all of its wholesome, syrup-and-hockey-loving goodness, and have finally become a citizen after nearly a decade in Canada.