For me, there’s no short answer to the question “Where are you from?” Born in Chicago, my family moved three times in my childhood, finally ending up in the town of El Segundo, California where I attended middle and high school. Thanks to diverse academic interests and family roots in the Midwest, I headed to Minnesota for my undergraduate experience, attending St. Olaf College, where I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, and also found time to study abroad in Budapest, Hungary, play and tour with the St. Olaf Band and St. Olaf Orchestra, and participate in a two-year great books program.
After graduation, I spent a year working at an adult education non-profit in Washington, DC, teaching adult basic education courses in math and writing. Arriving in Vancouver in 2010, I earned a Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies at Regent College, and, in a complete u-turn of subject material, a Master of Science in mathematics at the University of British Columbia. I spent a year and a half after graduate school working as a tutor and volunteering for various educational initiatives. In November 2014, I moved to Madison, WI to take up a position as a Research Computing Facilitator at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.