I was born and raised in Indiana. Always passionate about language and culture I decided to take a gap year between high school and college. I took this extra year of life and spent a year as an exchange student in Cologne Germany. I was cleverly placed with a delightful host family as my host-father was German and my host-mother was Spanish. This was pivotal as I came home from this exchange having developed skills in both languages.
I attended Indiana State University where I studied German, Spanish and Education. While studying at ISU I also studied for a year at the Karl Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria. This was an amazing experience as I was able to explore the southern vernacular of the German speaking world. As my parents were very supportive of my love for language and travel I also spent six months attending a MCSA exchange program in Segovia, Spain. This was also an unforgettable experience that left me with an irreparable Castilian accent.
Having spent a few summers working at the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park, I was simply enamored by the west and more specifically by this area. With teaching certificate in tow, I made my way back out west and was fortunate enough to find my first teaching job here in beautiful Park County.
In 2009 I began graduate work at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota and in 2011 graduated with a Master’s Degree in World Language Education. I love teaching languages and continue to travel both in my personal life and with students. My wife and I have traveled with students to Germany, Spain, Costa Rica and Japan. I have two lovely children, Finnegan and Maeve.