​​I was born on October 24th, 1988 in Riverside, CA, but shortly after this my family moved to Missouri so that my father could begin his path to becoming an engineer. I am proud to say that my dad later went on to get his doctorate in engineering. My stepmom is currently working on her own doctorate in education. My mom went on to own a salon in North Carolina after meeting my stepdad after he served in the U.S. Navy. My brother Dillon earned a degree in Wood Technology from Pittsburg State after serving in the U.S. Marines and my brother Gage is studying German and Anthropology at Missouri University. My wife Lacey is working toward a Master’s in guidance counseling from Missouri State University. I graduated from Rolla High School with honors in 2007 while participating in soccer, National Honor Society, drama, and newspaper.  In 2012, I graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor’s in Secondary Social Studies Education and a member of an education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi.

​​Shortly before graduating from college, I chose to move off MSSU’s campus into an apartment near Joplin High School. A few days later on May 22, 2011, two friends and I narrowly survived as a tornado ripped through much of Joplin. After finding our way off the second floor, we proceeded to help anyone that we could find in the rubbled apartment complex. While I wished this would be my last connection with this kind of destruction, years later in 2017 the Neosho School District was also struck by a tornado and I, along with people from all over the community, chipped in to create temporary classrooms so they could finish the rest of the school year. Following college, I was lucky enough to get hired at Neosho High School to teach History and U.S. Government. 

​​​​Over my next five years at Neosho High School, I had the good fortune of  teaching hundreds of students about the ups and downs of human history, the inner workings of U.S. government, and rights guaranteed to all Americans. Through that time, I have benefited from hearing and understanding various opinions on many issues, building rapport with students, been chosen as Star Teacher, received many hours of professional development, served on the Dropout Prevention and Professional Development committees, and led the high school Fandom Club.

On April 5th, 2015, I happily married my wonderful wife Lacey and together we have traveled to Europe and around the U.S. We have also been lucky enough to make a home with our two beautiful dogs, Ella and Sadie.

At the same time as developing my career as an educator and throughout my marriage, I became involved with the Green Party, serving as the Secretary of my local chapter and was selected to serve on the Missouri State Platform Committee. I have also been an avid runner since college and proudly managed to place third in three different Joplin Memorial Runs. More recently, my wife and I began enjoying local trivia competitions and I was later chosen to use my teaching skills to host weekly trivia nights.