• This year will be my 25th year as a public school teacher.  I taught 4th and 5th grades for 6 years, and I have taught middle school math for 18 years.  I have taught in the Bay Area, Pacific Grove, and in Flagstaff, Arizona before moving to the Sacramento area 12 years ago - wow, time flies!  I attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where I started off as a mechanical engineer before switching my major to Liberal Studies with a Math Emphasis, with the intent of being an elementary school teacher forever.  A few years into teaching, I moved and was offered the opportunity to teach algebra instead, and I found my true calling. 
     
    I am married and have 2 lovely girls: Aliya, who is 15 and a high school sophomore, and Gillian, who is 12 and is in the seventh grade.  Aliya loves to play softball, root for the SF Giants, and do any sort of art project.  Gillian loves to watch silly YouTube videos and play soccer, as well as drawing and coloring.  They both love skiing and water sports.
     
    I love to do outdoor activities: hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, and playing outside with my kids.  This past summer we took a great vacation to Maui, where we spent lots of time at different beaches. We also went to our cabin at Tahoe, did some camping, and went on many hikes.  I also love to read, mostly fiction, but I have been reading more non-fiction too.   I also like to cook and bake, although the girls have mostly taken over the baking in the house.