I was born and raised in metro Milwaukee. During college I spent summers working as a teacher in the inner city, and after graduating I joined Teach for America, moved to Philadelphia and began teaching English. As a political science major, that transition was… interesting. My first year was a disaster - they are lying when the make those inspiring teacher movies. The fifteen minutes where everything goes wrong is actually six very long, very dark months. After a long summer of recovery I went back into the classroom and had a much better second year. I thought I would be out there for a while, and then, in December 2009 I was asked to take over a ministry that immerses college students in Milwaukee. After a month of wrestling with what to do, I finally said yes and moved back later in 2010.
Over the last four years I fell in love - with the city (dawwww.) I discovered my new favorite coffee roaster, the Bay View lakefront, and so many good restaurants. At the same time a lot of the details I loved about growing up here are still true - cheering for the Brewers and suffering accordingly, leading in the church I grew up in, and hanging with friends that I’ve known for twenty-plus years. It’s a nice blend of exciting change and stability.