I was born in Barberton, Ohio in 1987. I attended Akron City Schools until 1995, age 8, when I moved to Rittman, Ohio—bona fide farmland—where I would stay through High School. In High School I participated in Football, Track, Drama, Pep Club, Science Olympiad, Ski Club, and Boy Scouts where I attained Eagle Scout rank. After graduating from RHS in 2005, I entered Malone University as a declared Mathematics major. Starting at Malone was coupled with the beginning of my retail experience at RadioShack. At RadioShack I helped over 18,000 customers with topics I was trained in ranging from 1/8" audio cables, to iPods and cell phones. Overwork, lack of motivation, and misplaced focused led me to withdraw from Malone in 2008 with a GPA of 1.99.
While on academic hiatus, I began working at Camp Luz where I would spend the entire summers of 2008 and 2009 working in various roles including: Camp consoler (in-post and out-post), lead video and photo technician, lifeguard (Red Cross), and challenge course facilitator. Between these summers I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods as their Certified Fitness Trainer—certified by the International Personal Fitness Association (December 2008)—where I helped over 7,000 customers in areas I was trained in ranging from baseball bats to high-end fitness equipment.
During the summer of 2009 I met and married my wife Kara, and my life took a large shift back to mathematics. I transferred to The University of Akron to finish my Degree. At Akron I worked less, found my motivation, and focused on success. I also benefited from studying in a mathematics department 10 times the size of Malone's; and while the most advanced course I would have taken for my degree at Malone was Abstract Algebra I, at Akron I not only took Abstract Algebra II, but also two courses in Advanced Calculus, and an introduction to Complex Analysis. For good measure, and because of high interest, I picked up a minor and nearly completed a certificate in American Sign Language. In January of 2010 I was brought on board at Akron Digital Academy as a teaching assistant. Over my time at ADA my responibilitys have continued to grow and include: planning and delivering 1 hour lessons on mathematics, leading the development of Excel documents and consulting for data analysis, leading research into the benefits of implementing Khan Academy at ADA, and working with a team of nearly 20 licensed teachers to create and organize 100 lesson plans over 9 content areas.
In December 2011 I graduated summa cum laude with a GPA of 3.84—nearly double my GPA at Malone on more credit hours. I continue to learn and grow personally, emotionally, and intellectually.