2015 marks twenty-four years for me living in Sacramento. My original plan was to move back to Los Angeles after graduating college, but after meeting my future wife we decided to stay. And now after 16 years of marriage, two beautiful children, and a career, we call Sacramento our home. My older brothers and I were raised by a single mother in Los Angeles. I attended four different elementary schools before the 5th grade until we finally settled in the San Fernando Valley. From 5th through 12th grade I, along with my brothers, attended Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, a magnet school in Tarzana, CA. The years at SOCES gave me the strong academic background to succeed in College. College, however, was not my first choice. I thought college was out of reach because I did not have the correct classes, but after meeting the track coach for College of the Canyons in Valencia. I attended COC from 1989 to 1991 before transferring to CSU Sacramento and majoring in Criminal Justice. I graduated from CSUS in 1994. Before earning my teaching credential, I applied and was accepted to Marine Corps Officer Candidates School. In the summer of 1994, I trained in Quantico, VA, however upon graduation, from OCS, I decided that teaching and public service was the path I wanted to follow. I taught U.S. and World history for 8 years before becoming a vice principal in Elk Grove Unified School District. From there I accepted my first principal position at Riverside Meadows Intermediate School in the Plumas Lake Elementary School District. Then, I returned to San Juan Unified as the principal of Sylvan Middle School in Citrus Heights. In the spring of 2012, the opportunity arose for me to lead the newly developing 9th grade community at Vallejo High School. My years of training and experience have given me the skills to meet the challenges of a large urban school. I am looking forward to the next challenges in life and after earning my doctorate in education, I have even greater confidence that I will it will have a significant positive impact on the lives of young men and women at Discovery High School.