I grew up on a farm in Indiana and attended the Indiana School for the Deaf. I graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 1989. I was a member of the Gallaudet basketball team for four years. I received my Master of Arts in Deaf Education at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland in 1992.
I taught for 18 years at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., the Missouri School for the Deaf and the Florida School for the Deaf, in the subjects of science and drama.
I was twice selected as a player on the U.S. Deaf Olympic basketball teams during the years of 1985 (Los Angeles, U.S.) and 1992 (Bulgaria). I received gold medals at both games.
My wife, Jessica who is also deaf and I have two hearing children, Nicholas and Mara. We reside in St. Augustine. My hobbies include kayaking, puttering around in our flower and butterfly gardens, wildlife/landscape photography, backpacking and reading science-related books/magazines.
I currently teach ASL classes at the University of North Florida since 2007.