I was born and raised in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, a small town located about 20 minutes north of Meadville, PA, which hails as the "Tool-and-Die Capital" of the world. While in high school, I attended Crawford County Vocational Technical school to learn the tool-making trade. Upon graduation from Cambridge Springs High school in 1998, I chose to continue in the workforce. As a high school student, I was employed as a CNC Machinistat Highpoint Tool & Machine in Saegertown, PA, where I worked for nearly twelve years and manufactured parts for the aerospace industry and military. In 2008, I was accepted into the Apprenticeship Program at General Electric Transportation and relocated to Grove City, PA, where I manufactured components for their state of the art Eco-locomotive engines. Unfortunately, due to a sudden downturn in the economy, I was laid off.
A few years prior to being laid off, I had the opportunity to volunteer as head coach of a youth football league team (grades 4-6) for a group who had never played organized sports before. Two years of coaching football and teaching children helped make my decision to become a teacher an easy one.
In August 2012, I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a K-6 teaching certificate. Since then, I have added Middle School Math and Technology Education onto my certificate. My background as a CNC Machinist required daily and practical usage of trigonometry, so teaching mathematics comes very naturally to me.
Since I graduated, I have had the opportunity to substitute teach at different school districts and across different grade levels and subjects. This has allowed me to see and experience many things. My first year of teaching I served as the 6th grade math teacher at Penns Manor. During this time I was nominated by the principal to be a Keystone Star! I went to Kutzetown University and trained with 100 other Keystone Stars to learn different ways to use and incorporate technology into the classroom. I have since moved to being the 5th grade math teacher and am working on a masters degree for STEM education. I eagerly await the new challenges each year brings and hope I can push students to new levels.