What high school did you attend?
I went to El Capitan High School located in San Diego, California .
What clique/group did you hang out with?
I hung out with hooligans and delinquents early on, and then when I started playing basketball I began to hang out with jocks.
What sports did you play in high school?
Did you go to prom?
Nope! I was “too cool” for that. I wish I would have gone.
What was your favorite subject?
When I was in 10th grade, I took World History and fell in love with it. I loved learning about different cultures and enjoyed connecting the events of the past to today’s news.
What were you like in high school?
I was really unfocused and a bit rebellious. I didn’t relate to many of my teachers and sometimes I was unruly.
Did you always want to be a teacher?
Well, I grew up wanting to be a dolphin trainer at Sea World! But when I hit 10th grade, I knew that students needed diverse teachers that understood their lives and struggles and I wanted to fill that role.
Any advice for the students here in Mansfield?
One thing I wished I had learned early on is ACCOUNTABILITY. Once I realized that I couldn’t blame other people for my grades or for my actions, the world opened up to me.