I grew up with one foot in the United States and the other in France. Frequent trips to visit family put me on planes at an early age, exposed me to various cultures and taught me how to communicate in two languages. During university, I spent a semester in Paris while taking classes at the Sorbonne. Living with a French “host family,” I improved language skills that would greatly help me in a few years.
Several years of work as an engineer were followed by the completion of a Master of Art in Teaching. After a few years teaching in Portland, Oregon, I departed as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps for Guinea, West Africa. In Guinea, I taught middle school mathematics to large classes (80 – 100 students). Given that Guinea is a francophone country, my teaching and daily life were conducted in French.
Upon returning to the States, I again taught for a few years before becoming an international teacher at the American School in Taichung. The 2011/12 school year was one of the craziest years of my life! My wife and I adopted two Taiwanese girls in the span of three months (October and January). The next year found ourselves moving to Beijing and we are currently teaching at the International School of Beijing.