I became a full-time instructor for Cypress College in 2006. I came to the college and to the English/Reading Department in a bit of a roundabout way. My first serious job after university was as a civilian industrial hygienist and environmental health and safety trainer for the US Army in Europe. For a large portion of my twenties, I lived overseas-first in Spain, then Germany, then Italy, and then Germany again. I returned to the United States in 1999 and decided to become a teacher. I began teaching at the community college and fell in love with it. From 1999 to 2005, I taught part-time at Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College. Also, from 2001 to 2006, I had the pleasure of teaching full-time for Paramount Unified School District at Paramount High School Academy. At Cypress, I teach English 57, English 58, and English 106.