My goal is to make sure Murrieta continues to be a place where families want to live and that the schools represent the best California has to offer.
I am blessed to live in Murrieta since 2002, where my wife Michelle and I have raised 3 children. Our youngest daughter is now senior at Murrieta Valley High School. Both my wife and I are deeply rooted in education, myself as a Economics & History Teacher at Paloma Valley High School and my wife a Biology and AP Biology Teacher at Murrieta Valley High School. We both enjoy supporting the schools we work at, especially the sports teams.
I have coached my sons little league teams and both my daughters in soccer, basketball and softball. Extracurricular activities and programs help create strong communities for our children to grow intellectually, morally, and physically. Currently we follow my son’s football team across the country as he plays on the offensive line for San Jose State University.
Over the summer we took our daughters to Europe, after a recent cancer scare I was reminded just how precious life is and to grab the moment as much as possible, so we headed to Europe where my father joined us in Spain & Portugal giving us all a amazing opportunity to experience the culture and practice our Spanish. Seeing the history first hand really underscored the importance of teaching languages, history, and art in our schools. Most importantly, I really appreciate how blessed we are to live in America!
I am a proud US Army Veteran. I served with the 8th Infantry Division as a Cavalry Scout in Mannheim, Germany from 1989-1992. During this time I participated in one of the last border missions along the East German border. The Berlin Wall came down and Desert Storm began during that time. I had my first real understanding of “freedom” and what the United States meant to the rest of the world. I completed my service at Fort Stewart, GA. I had the opportunity to participate in the Jungle Training Center in Panama and
also the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA. Panama was my first experience with real poverty and it left a huge impression. In Fort Irwin I was run over by a Humvee protected largely by the sand. I thank God for his protection for my safety, as He has been steadfast in my journey through life.
After Active Duty I served with the National Guard in Inglewood, California from 1993-1996. I served during the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 and participated in numerous community activities throughout Southern California as well as annual training at Camp Roberts in Central California.
My time as an educator began right after my military service, becoming a PE Coach at a Catholic School teaching K-8 students, as well as volunteering to coach at the high school level. I credit the Principal, Dottie Massa, at Santa Clara Elementary in Oxnard for encouraging me to become a teacher.
In 2002, my wife Michelle and I relocated to Murrieta, where I have called home to teaching Economics and US History at Paloma Valley High School in Menifee. Coaching varsity girls basketball for many years is a true passion as well.
My journey in faith, I was born and raised Catholic and have been committed to raising my children understanding the importance of having a personal relationship with God Our Father and his Son Jesus Christ our Savior. I believe that God has guided me on my path through life. I believe it is important to know that God has a purpose for each of us in our own way.
The challenges we face today as individuals are mirrored in the larger world. When we shrink from our obligations and hide our light the darkness grows. We are called to rise. Like our founders it is a sacred duty to defend our natural rights as ONE NATION UNDER GOD. We need to be prepared to sacrifice our time, treasures, and resources to protect the values we hold dear. E Pluribus Unum. From many we are ONE, American Family. Division is not just the work of Marxism, it is also the work of Satan himself. We are called to love one another as brothers and sisters.
America has been blessed with abundance and the ideologies of free markets, individual
rights, and limited government is critical in our pursuit of happiness.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” This quote from Ronald Reagan gives us a clear vision of why our education system is critical in protecting our Country and the cause for freedom for future generations.