I call myself a jack of all trades: I am an Eagle Scout; graduated from Higley High School; lived in Ukraine as a volunteer for two years; returned and finished a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology (statistics emphasis), minor in Russian, and certificate of Criminology at Brigham Young University-Idaho. At BYU-Idaho, I presented my multi-semester thesis on educational attainment’s affect on the likelihood of an individual to be arrested, based on the Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
While in college, I met my wife, Hayley, and moved to the Fingerlakes region of New York after graduation. I worked as a corrections officer and sheriff’s deputy at Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, graduating with awards from both corrections and police academies. After some time in law enforcement, I decided to change careers to where I could make more of a difference for youth. I now teach in the math department, and am working to introduce Russian and criminology courses at San Tan Foothills High School. I am also currently working on my Master’s at Grand Canyon University.