I grew up in Peachtree City, GA, graduating from McIntosh High School in 2000. That fall, I went off to Georgia Tech with an undecided major. I stayed undecided until the time came that I had to choose a major, and I picked mechanical engineering, mainly because it is a broad field in which I surely could find some aspect that I really enjoyed. I spent 3 semesters (Fall 2002, Summer 2003, Spring 2004) working a co-op job with FujiFilm in Greenwood, SC. Around the end of my last semester there, it dawned on me that I didn't like that environment, nor was I particularly interested in any of my classes anymore. I was 4 semesters from graduating, and I didn't have an idea of what major I might switch to, so I finished out school over the course of the next year to get my degree and then see where I wanted to take it. I graduated in August 2005 with a B.S., and moved to Athens to get my foot in the door playing live music. I have played the guitar since I was 13, but I had hardly pursued it past the comfort of my own home.

I got a job at Locos to pay the bills, and to make sure I didn't have a job that I could get locked into. After about a year of making connections, I started a band and joined another, almost at the same time. We played live around town and occasionally out of town, and recorded a couple albums ourselves. It was a blast and I wouldn't trade that experience in, but after about a year and a half of doing that, I started getting the urge to do something productive. I kept meeting teachers that loved their job, and I realized that I had always written off education as a profession for no really good reason. I contacted UGA in December 2007, and the following month I was taking classes, working toward a Masters degree in secondary mathematics education.

I played baseball from the time I could throw until I went to college, and have always enjoyed watching the sport, especially the hometown Atlanta Braves. My other favorite hobby is music, whether it's listening or playing. I hardly watch TV outside of baseball games, I watch movies slightly more frequently but not that much, and I don't read as much as I should. If I could get paid to play with dogs all day, I probably wouldn't be here. I believe in treating others how you wish to be treated.

I guess that's about all I need to say, farewell.

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