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I started my college career at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona while I was attending high school. I did not earn a degree from MCC, but instead transferred credits to my next college. I strongly encourage the community college experience. Small class sizes, low costs all contribute to an environment that allows learners to develop into great learners.

I graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL in 1992 with a double major in Physics and Philosophy with Honors in Philosophy. Knox is consistently one of the top 50 private, liberal arts colleges in the US year after year. Knox is an amazing college, with a long history and many traditions. Why they let me in, I will never know, but they did. It was much to my benefit.

From there I went to the University of Iowa and graduated in 1997 with a M.A. in Philosophy. Big 10 conference, 50,000 plus learners; it could not have been more different from Knox or MCC. I was enrolled in the Ph.D. program, but realized I didn't want to actually graduate with a Ph.D.  I wanted control over where I lived and when you are a new Ph.D., you go where the jobs are and, more importantly, where you are offered a job.

After that, I did what most philosophy majors do, and I managed restaurants for 10 years. I was general manager of Ground Round, Chevys Fresh Mex and Jamba Juice restaurants before I wanted to change careers back to education.

In 2006 I quit my job and applied for the Fast Track program in the University of Nevada's College of Education and graduated with a M.Ed. in Secondary Education in 2009. I can't say enough great things about the Education program at UNR. Professors like Dr. Quinn and Dr. Robertson made the experience challenging, fun and very educational.

I did my student teaching at McQueen High School in the 2006-07 school year and was hired by North Valleys High School the following year. I taught mathematics at North Valleys for 8 years and was department chair for the last four years.

At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, I started a STEM PhD at the University of Nevada, Reno, and anticipate graduating in 2018. In addition, I was hired in July of 2015 to be a Master Teacher in UNR's brand new NevadaTeach program.

So why the lengthy educational histry above? Because what makes me a good teacher educator is the history of education I have. I have attended small colleges, and major universities. I have degrees in science and philosophy, yet taught mathematics.