Born and raised in small-town Idaho, I quickly learned the value of hard work, perspective, and relationships. Growing up in a town of 3,000 people taught me that we are all interconnected, even if we fail to see it right away.
"No amount of money could buy the perspective and feeling of gratitude to those around me that I have received from my upbringing."
It wasn't all smooth-sailing after high school. After a year of working in 2003, I started college in 2004. At the end of my first semester, I was put on academic probation for extremely poor performance. Not feeling fit for academia, I took a two-year break from school and did some work for my church in Hawaii. When I returned, I resumed school in 2007 and finally received my bachelors degree in Accounting in 2012. In the midst of this eight year journey through higher education, I married my high school sweetheart. But nearly five years later, ideological differences forced each of us to go our own separate way. Crushed, and not loving my career path, I desperately needed to make some changes.
Almost immediately things started to move forward. I met an amazing woman who elevated my ambition, and helped me see things from a perspective I wasn't accustomed to. This forced me to grow immensely. Following many discussions and contemplation about what my real passion was, she helped me decide that it was time to leave accounting and pursue my original plan in teaching. This passion has only multiplied and now stretches beyond the classroom as I continue my work to help others see themselves in a greater way. Immediately following our wedding, we moved to San Antonio, Texas where I teach and coach in high school, and my wife runs a wellness business out of our home.
I fully believe that I owe who I am today to my relationships and struggles. I realize that I very well could be in a much darker place had it not been for special people around me, fighting for and with me to always do better, to always try harder. No amount of money could buy the perspective and feeling of gratitude to those around me that I received from my upbringing. Because of these experiences, I have a deep passion for those around me. I feel that it is not only an opportunity, but a duty to let people know that, regardless of circumstance, it is necessary to fight through the setbacks of life and move forward.