I was born and raised near Miami, Florida. I attended the Florida State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Chemistry and Biology Teaching. After graduating from FSU, I attended Florida International University in Miami and earned a Master of Science degree in Secondary Science Education with an emphasis on botany and ecology. I spent the next ten years (1993-2003) teaching chemistry and advanced placement environmental science at Miami Killian Senior High School. My family and I decided to relocate to the Winston-Salem area, and we moved to the throbbing metropolis of Advance, NC. I was fortunate enough to be offered at job at West Forsyth, and have been here since August 2003. My interests are varied, but mostly revolve around outdoor and scientific pursuits. As I alluded to earlier, I have an extensive background in botany, having studied it in college and having worked for the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) at the Subtropical Horticulture Research Station in Miami. I also maintain a 3000 square foot home garden and peddle my wares at the Peachtree Farmers Market in Davie County. Finally, I am an avid amateur meteorologist, maintaining a weather station at my home.