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I grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, the ninth child of twelve. Seven of us graduated from Rolling Hills High School, the three oldest from P.V. High, one brother attended special education schools in Torrance and the youngest graduated from Peninsula High.  I was a student of David Bradbury’s, and replaced David who retired after more than thirty years of teaching ceramics at the high school.  Ceramics with David Bradbury was what kept me attending school and with out it he might not have finished high school. I am currently in my twelfth year teaching at Peninsula and entering my eleventh season coaching with Peninsula’s wrestling program.

I graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1994 and came to the teaching profession after working for years doing project management and facilities maintenance for the University Student Cooperative Association in Berkeley.  My own ceramic work centers altering various pottery forms and finishing them in alternative firing processes. I try to maintain an effective balance between whole group and individualized instruction in the classroom.  I feel it is as important to model the creative process and work ethic for his students by working along side them, there should be times when at first glance walking into the classroom one should not be able to tell the difference between the student and the teacher, but rather only view a lot of people working with clay.

I have visited many places in Latin America, including Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama and Mexico. I spend my free time trying to breed small creatures to fight robots. I am extremely passionate about saving Earth from the imminent and eventual robot takeover that will occur in the coming years.