I like to keep pretty busy and I have a passion for the outdoors and competition. My educational background began as a French Immersion student here in Nanaimo from K-7 at Pauline Haarer. I then attended St. Michaels University School as a boarder in Victoria, which provided a pretty harsh coming of age and indoctrination into the culture of Rugby. I returned to Nanaimo in 91 and graduated in 1992 from High School at Woodlands Secondary. I spent the next 7 years completing 3 separate degrees from the University of Victoria in Political Science, a French major and History minor and finally my Bachelor of Education.
After completing my teacher practicum and T.O.C.ing at Royal Oak Middle School in Saanich, I accepted a full time position as a grade 7 teacher at Chilliwack Middle School. After working for 5 years at C.M.S., I returned to the Island, where I taught French Immersion at Springwood Middle School in Parksville. Following my year in Parksville I worked full time as the Athletic Director at Quamichan Middle School in Duncan, and finally accepted a continuing full time position at Cedar Secondary where I’ve worked as the Modern Language Department Head and History teacher for the past 5 years.
Outside of school I’ve passionately pursued outdoor adventures, having the opportunity to race and ride around the world. In 1996 I earned a professional mountain biking license and have been racing in the pro-ranks ever since, competing in various provincial and national events. At the age of 30 I broadened my sporting horizons and competed in my first Ironman Canada event. In 2007 I raced professionally for Helly Hansen and competed in adventure races and back-country ski events throughout North America. Since then I continue to race mountain bikes, but also enjoy mountaineering, back-country skiing, trail running and Ice Hockey.
In 2008 my son Chase was born, followed a year and a half later by my daughter Peyton. I share my life with my wife Carey who continues to inspire and push me (she finished 30 minutes ahead of me in Ironman Canada last year.) We live here in Nanaimo and she works full time as a P.E. teacher at Learn@Home.
In the fall of 2012 I started working on my masters in online learning and leadership through VIU. I am very excited about the changes and future of education in British Columbia. I see a tremendous potential for online learning to enhance and personalize education for our students today and look forward to becoming an expert in the field of online learning.
My beautiful family. My wife Carey, my son Chase and my daughter Peyton at our wedding this summer.
"La Course Fantastique" French adventure racing in Linley Valley - Gotta love active learning.
The best job in the world. This is my office in the summer. Bike patrol captain for the BC bike race, pre-riding a 60km mountain bike course ahead of the Pro-field.