I'm a ½ Japanese, ¼ Mexican, ¼ Filipino American who grew up in Burbank. I graduated from Occidental College and met my wife while we earned our MFAs from Naropa University in Writing and Poetics. I did a poetry reading with Allen Ginsberg, worked in a used record store, tested video games for Sega, wrote software technical manuals, helped take CNET public before Y2K, and was an Internet project manager before becoming a teacher. I'm most proud of being my 14-year old daughter's dad, having retired to be her stay-at-home-dad during her most formative years. I've been a soccer coach, a Girl Scouts Co-Troop Leader, and ran my daughter's school's after school program and computer lab. I'm excited to be joining the Larchmont community at Hollygrove and look forward to meeting you all!
Where did you go to school and what was your major?
My undergraduate studies took place at Occidental College with a major in English and Comparative Literary Studies. My Master of Fine Arts degree is in Writing from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. During my Stay-At-Home-Dad years, I also attended most of the local community colleges at one time or another so that I could be employed as a TA at my daughter's school.
What is your highest degree held?
Master of Fine Arts in Writing (Poetry)
Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I color myself to be of the lineage of Dumbledore, Professor Xavier, Yoda, and Mr. Miyagi. I believe that education provides the best means to happiness and I love the company of my students.
How long have you been teaching/working in education?
I've worked with children for more than 10 years and love their energy and perspective.
What is your favorite thing about LCS?
I've always embraced diversity, multiculturalism, and constructivism. But, I'm really blown away by how friendly and engaging everyone is! The campus is filled with great teammates who are all here for the benefit of the kids!
What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
I've consistently loved comic books, mostly Marvel. I was also a big fan of Aesop's Fables and Adventures of the Greek Heroes, by Mollie McLean and Anne Wiseman.