I was born in California, but moved to Canada with my family when I was 5 years old. My parents purchased a 10 acre parcel of land in Peachland B.C. and started a small farm, thus giving me and my sister, Kerrie, the opportunity to grow up with horses, chickens and the great outdoors. Upon graduating from high school, I went on to study at Okanagan University College before graduating from the University of Calgary in 1999, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. From the time I was 14 until moving to Taiwan at age 26, I worked winters as a ski and snowboard instructor teaching both children and adults, from beginner to expert. In 2001 , while waiting for entrance into film school decided to come to Taiwan to visit a friend teaching here. After a couple months working as a teacher, I decided to put film school on hold and stay longer in Taiwan in order to continue teaching. At this time, I also began studying Chinese and Kung Fu. I have been working at ACES since August 2003. I enjoy teaching immensely and finds great reward in watching my students at ACES progress from basic to expert English speakers. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, swimming and reading. I continue to study Chinese as I believe that doing so is completely necessary in order to fully integrate into Taiwanese society which I have so grown to love.