Welcome to my website. I currently teach English Language Arts and U.S. History to 8th graders at McSwain School in Merced, California. I also oversee the GATE program, aka Gifted and Talented Education. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and my Master of Arts in Education at CSU Stanislaus. I love what I do. I believe that as a teacher I am called to be the best student in my class. I believe there is immense value in developing a love for reading. Reading gives students a broader vocabulary, stirs creativity beyond one's own experiences, and fosters an understanding of the flow and power of good writing. I believe that the ability to write well is perhaps the single most important skill a student can master and that others will judge you for the rest of your life by your ability to express yourself with the written word. Writing helps students to discover their own unique voice. It pushes them to think deeply about topics they might otherwise avoid. In the words of Gustave Flaubert, "The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe."