Hometown: Coalinga, CA
Favorite Sports Team: Everton F.C.
After beginning post-secondary education at Cal Poly SLO and studying Aerospace Engineering – I returned to the family pursuit of educating. I am the son of two teachers and the grandson of two more teachers. I felt called into education but didn’t feel led to teach. I want to help students pursue their potential, develop young people into their future selves, and create opportunities for all students – so school counseling became my passion. I began my career at North Tahoe High School in 2012 and have had a blast watching students grow and lives changed. I am married and have a son (Joel), but I like to think I have hundreds of children (my students). Some of my hidden passions and talents include cooking, playing several instruments, being a self-professed Geek and having a love for British soccer.
Professionally – I am active in my state’s leadership for school counselors and have served on the board of the California Association of School Counselors since 2014 as the Tech Chairperson. I enjoy presenting and teaching others so I am happy that I get to travel around the country several times a year to speak at professional conferences and events. Through this blog – I also raise funds and provide scholarships for school counselors around the US to attend high-quality professional development each summer through the School Counselor Community Scholarship.
I am also a life long learner. In addition to my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Science in Educational Counseling degrees – I have earned specialist certificates in School Counselor Leadership and College Admissions Counseling through ASCA. I am also a Google Certified Educator, take a hodgepodge of open courseware for fun (like neurobiology — fun right!) and have been a California School Counselor of the Year Finalist in 2015.
I hope that you enjoy the blog and I hope that we get a chance to meet in person some day. Until then – keep on geeking out and let me know how I can support you further. Cheers.