I was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology Education and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. I have worked for the Department of Ecology, Institute of Watershed Studies, and taught HS science at Ferndale High School for 10 years.
In 2001, I left teaching for 12 years to pursue a new adventure as a carpenter/contractor. I started my own company, Coyote Construction & Design, which I still maintain during the summers. In 2013, I returned to the classroom with a renewed passion, enthusiasm and humility to teach and mentor young people.
My wife, Kim, and I have two grown boys and live in Bellingham. As a family we have been actively involved with Salt on the Street, Project Homeless Connect, Young Life, and Habitat for Humanity. In my free time, I enjoy mountain biking and spending time outdoors.