I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. In 1998, I moved to San Francisco to study theater and education. I graduated in 2000 and completed a teacher's credential in 2001. In 2002, I moved to Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico for one year where I met my wife. We returned back to the United States in 2003. Upon returning, I found my first official teaching job at Oakland Military Institute. I became nationally board certified as a teacher of students studying English as a new language in 2015. My two children, Rodrigo and Itzel, were born 2010 and 2015 respectively. As for the future, I will continue teaching at OMI and in other countries gaining further experience in the TESOL field.