Born in Pontiac, Michigan, of Swedish and German ancestry, I lived most of my life in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. I have worked as a translator and editor of the neo-Latin author Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), as a computer technician, system administrator, Internet provider, and now as a teacher in the Leeward District of Oʻahu.
I have been married to Lori (also a teacher) since 1999, and we have five adult children living either in Hawaiʻi or Pennsylvania.
I am thankful that I get to live here. I thank the Kānaka Maoli, the indigenous people of this beautiful and wounded country, for preserving and teaching their mele, hula, ʻōlelo, and aloha ʻāina.
I value and advocate a sustainable existence on the only planet we have, and seek both to learn and to teach it. I seek solutions for the challenges to our survival, such as mass extinction, climate change, science denial, denialism and ignorance, whether innocent or motivated. I seek to end corporate and theocratic fascism, the surveillance state, suppression of indigenous peoples, growing economic inequality, endless imperialistic war, unaccountable militarized law enforcement, and the criminalization of poverty, ethnicity, cognitive differences, and dissent.
I have five years of experience as a substitute and contract teacher for the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. I am working towards a teaching license at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I will be highly qualified in mathematics (grades 6-12), general science (6-12), elementary education (K-6), and special education.
I enjoy hiking, biking, music, and gadgets of every kind.
In the field of Education, I am a teacher candidate in a teacher licensing program at the University of Hawaiʻi, and a substitute teacher for the Leeward District of Oʻahu, which includes the “hard to staff” Waiʻanae and Nānākuli Complexes, as well as Kapolei, Campbell, Waipahu and Pearl City Complexes.
I am currently enrolled in:
I have graduated or passed:
The exams listed fulfill HTSB Praxis requirements for a highly qualified teacher in secondary Mathematics (6-12) and General Science (6-12), and Elementary Education (K-6) content areas, and also meets the requirements for Special Education (K-12).
In the field of Information Technology, I support users of personal computers running the GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Apple OS X operating systems, and maintained a variety of Internet services. I have provided computer support at Nānākuli Elementary School/ Ke Kula Kaiapuni Hawaiʻi o Nānākuli. I have provided field service for Dell computers in business, school and home office settings, and upgraded POS systems for banks and major retailers on Oʻahu.
In the field of Information Technology, I obtained the following certifications: