Degrees and Certifications:
I grew up in a farming community in southeast Kansas, went to college in Arkansas, then moved to Saint Louis, where I got involved in youth programs - tutoring, mentoring, and summer camps - in the city. I met my wife a few years later and we moved into the Mark Twain neighborhood, where we continued volunteering with the youth programs and worked in a local school.
During this same period my wife earned her Masters in Special Education and I earned a second Bachelors degree - in English. We moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 2013, where I worked toward a Masters degree in American Literature. Since graduating in 2015, I've worked as a lecturer at the University of Kansas and at Kansas City Art Institute.
This year I'll be teaching ELA II and Literature of Social Change. I study and teach language and literature because I believe language is power and that the stories we tell each other shape the way we see the world and, for that reason, how we live in it.
M.A. in American Literature, The University of Kansas, 2015
B.A. in English, The University of Missouri - Saint Louis, 2013
B.A. in Biblical Studies, Harding University, 2005