I am a first generation American and proud that my parents immigrated to this country for a better life. Both of my parents came to the United States in the early 70's to live the American Dream and freedom. My dad came to the US to escape the rule of Franco's Fascist rule against the Basque people in Spain. My mother, came to the US from Zacatecas, Mexico with her brothers and sisters so they could have a better life. From both my parents, I have learned to work hard and to always enjoy the happiness of family, life and freedom. Growing up in a small mining town in Northern Nevada helped me understand what hard work was and to always appreciate the freedoms we have in this great country.
I love living here in Missoula with my wife, Kasey and daughter, Marlow. Since 2005, I have taught Language Arts and History and consider this the greatest job anyone can have, because we get to make an impact in the lives we meet each year and hopefully be the best part of our students' day.
I received my BA in Education at Western Montana College and continue rooting for the DAWGS during sports and especially when visiting old friends. Along with that, I have also worked hard to receive a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana. We enjoy being active and exploring the outdoors, concerts, camping, fly fishing (practice good release), hiking, trail running, and being with family. As an educator, I have felt that education is an important piece as we mold into adults and learn academic skills but also build character and enjoy the years while at school with friends and educators.
During the summer, I have been a wildland firefighter for Montana DNRC for the last 14 years and have had the pleasure of traveling around the United States meeting great people along the way. I take pride in the value of education and believe that together we can mentor the students to become the future leaders we see them as. Throughout my years as an engine boss or incident commander, I have built a strong relationship and respect with many wildland firefighters across the state.