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As a teacher, I believe in a fine balance of discovery learning and applied practice, consistent classroom management and collaborative planning. My strengths in teaching are grades 3-10 Math, African History, General Music: Music Literacy, Rhythm, Xylophone,  Recorder, Ukulele, Concert Brass and percussion, West African Djembe, Latin Cajon, Event Management, Studio Recording

Work History




Composer, songwriter, performer, manager. Original music on tenor and baritone ukulele with percussion and vocals in African, Latin, Island styles 


Music Teacher

Sanya International School

As music teacher I have implemented a complete curriculum for grades KG to 7 promoting music literacy, cultural awareness, English support, and developing instrument skills with cajon, djembe, xylophone, recorder, Ukulele, concert brass and percussion.


Music Teacher

Shanghai United International School

As music teacher I was responsible for developing the music curriculum for the school, music instruction in a bi-lingual program, and directing large stage shows for a 1,500 student school.


International Performer and Teacher

MANGO, Mali Djembe, Cajon Trios, Vagabon Tribe, Mali Kan

As a musician I lived in west Africa for the better part of 11 years studying, performing, and recording with various urban and village musicians. I have been performing and teaching throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America since 1998.


MYP Math and Music Teacher

International School of Helsinki

I served as MYP high school and middle school mathematics and music instructor at an international school serving the greater international community with students from 60 countries.


Special Education Teacher

Woodward Academy

Teaching Math and Music to incarcerated boys 12-18 years of age. 


Special Education Teacher

Olympia School District

Working as a specialist in a self contained middle school classroom for severely behavior disordered students.


Event Manager

National Footbll League (NFL)

As Event Manager for the American Bowl Series pre-game festivities in Berlin and NFL Super Bowl Parties in Vienna, Austria, and Frankfurt, Germany I was responsible to create an interactive experience for the visitors, manage the contracted partners, and organize volunteer staff.



WA, WI, Germany, Austria, Russia

Various assistant and head football and wrestling coaching positions at Fig Harbor HS, Wilson HS, Fife HS, LaCrosse Central HS, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, Hamburg Blue Devils, Vienna Vikings, Moscow Bears



Studies in Secondary Education

Pacific Lutheran University

I completed my secondary education studies while being a nationally honored athlete in Football and Wrestling.

Aug 1998Jun 1999

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

Evergreen State College

I finished one complete academic year to complete my BA, focusing my studies on ethnomusicology while also completing a required course to obtain my teaching license.


State of Iowa

Standard Teacher Certification - Secondary Mathematics Endorsement (5-12)

Has Presented at:

Western Washington University

Evergreen State College

University of Oregon

Eastern Oregon University

Idaho State University

Drake University

Dakota Wesleyan University

University of Wisconsin-Stout

William and Mary College

James Madison University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Sweetbrier College

Lynchburg College


Music Performing

Fishing and Camping

Hiking, Cycling, Snowshoeing

International Cooking

Religion and Cultural Studies