As an undergraduate student at Texas Tech University I had the opportunity to spend a year living in Seville, Spain. This is where my understanding of real world learning began. As a student of Spanish, I was thrust into an environment where my knowledge was immediately applicable in my daily life. I did not know at the time how that experience would set me on my current path.
My first professional position after college was working for Kaplan Higher Education as an admissions recruiter in Houston, Texas. This experience gave me my first interaction with students where I learned that I was naturally drawn to helping people gain the skills they needed to be successful in their lives.
My wife and I moved to Durango in 2007 and after a few years of establishing ourselves, I decided that it was time to return to school at Fort Lewis College in order to earn my teaching license. It was during this time that I was introduced to Big Picture Learning when the school was just a new program at Durango High School. It took all of one day in a Big Picture classroom for me to know where my path led. I continued to work with Durango Big Picture High School through my student teaching program and was hired as an advisor the following year.
Over the last six years, I have worked with many amazing students, teachers and families at our school and I am excited to start this new chapter as a leader at Durango Big Picture High School.