Chances are, if you are here, you know me. Or at least know of me. But nonetheless, here’s the bio that People magazine requested for their Most Fascinating People of the Year issue.
I was born and raised in Calgary by my dad Fred, who sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan, and my mom Barb, who sounds like someone from Nova Scotia. I have an older sister named Charmaine who lives six doors down from me. She’s a teacher like me. My younger sister Dawn lives with her husband Jason and she is a university prof, so she’s kind of a teacher. Outside of going to the University of Lethbridge for a business degree (when I wanted to be like Angela Bauer on Who’s The Boss?) and the University of Alberta for my teaching degree (when I wanted to be a white Jaime Escalante from Stand and Deliver), I have lived in Calgary. Well, I also studied business in Germany for one semester and did a six month government internship in the Palestinian Territories following my business degree.
For the last six years, I’ve been a teacher at the Calgary Science School, which is a grade 4 – 9 school focusing on inquiry-based learning. It is simply a great place to become a teacher. Along with teaching, coaching soccer has been a big part of my life and I’ve spent many years with the Calgary Foothills Soccer Club.
Along with teaching and coaching, I also like to spend time thinking. Sometimes I think about why Family Feud is so awesome, but other times I think about deeper stuff. I also like to read books by people who think. All of this reading and thinking and hanging out with people from Westside King’s Church has led me to take the story of Jesus seriously and personally.
In the summer of 2007, I spent a month in South Africa, volunteering as a teacher and soccer coach with Hands at Work, a Christian, non-profit African organization working in vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan Africa where HIV/AIDS, poverty and numbers of orphans are highest and support structures are very low. Basically, Hands is about reaching the poorest of the poor. I’m now spending 10 months with Hands at Work as an international volunteer.