I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where I developed a love for rain and coffee. As a kid, I spent a lot of time exploring the city, as well as the outdoor environments that flourished so close to my urban neighborhood. My family, friends, and teachers encouraged me to read as much as I could, and this cultivated my drive to learn EVERYTHING about the world and the people in it. This love for learning turned into a love for history and cultures that were different from my own.
I graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism, History, and Spanish (I couldn't just pick one). After that, I earned my M.A. in Teaching from the University of Portland with the goal of becoming an educator. Currently, I teach Social Studies and English to middle school students, which allows me to discuss my passions with the next generation.
I enjoy expressing myself creatively. I write books that wrestle with human experiences - some based on my own, and some based on people I've encountered. I write articles for newspapers and magazines that push human stories in front of other people. I take pictures that attempt to illustrate awesome cultures as a way to enhance understanding between people. I make videos to give other people a platform to share their stories. And, I make podcasts to share what I've learned about the world (which continues to reinforce how much more I still have to learn).