Hi there! It's always good to know a little bit about your teachers so here's a little bit about me. I'm from San Antonio, Texas, but am extremely excited to be living and teaching in Colorado after moving here in 2010 with my amazing wife, Katherine. I went to Texas A&M University where I earned my bachelors degree in chemistry in 1996 and have been teaching high school science ever since (this is my 22nd year!) In 2006, I earned a masters degree in integrated science curriculum at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and joined the staff as an adjunct chemistry teacher for a couple of years after graduation. I take my job as teacher very seriously because my class, along with all of your other classes, is laying a foundation for your future. While you ultimately decide what that future will hold, I want to give you the strongest piece of that foundation that I possibly can.
During my free time, I enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, and backpacking with my family and friends. However, after running my first marathon with Team in Training in Washington, D.C., I found that long distance running holds a special place in my heart and have run eight marathons and sixteen half marathons.
I got accepted into this year's Chicago marathon which will take place on October 7, 2018. I'm very, very excited about it. I ran my first big race since my ACL and meniscus injury last year at the New York Marathon. While I made it to the finish line, it was rough and I was not back to my old running self. I have a long time to train, and that will really help. I'm posting my training schedule here, mainly for my own reference, but also to show you how this thing will work. The thing that I love about marathons is the long-term nature of the training. It is the perfect metaphor for how I want to approach life. Anything worth attaining requires persistence, dedication, and training. There will be days and weeks of huge gains, but setbacks are inevitable. How we handle those setbacks makes all the difference in the outcome. The goal is always worth the struggle to get there. And quite honestly, most of life is the training to attain the goal, so it's much better if one enjoys the training, too.