I grew up just south of Myrtle Beach, in Murrells Inlet/Garden City, South Carolina and graduated from Socastee High School. I moved to Iowa in 1999 after I got out of the Marine Corps. Where I served in the infantry as a scout for 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. I worked construction as a framer and food service while attending college, where I eventually graduated with a MA in Social Science Education from the UIowa in 2006. Two weeks later I married my best friend, Stephanie Nicole and I started teaching at John F. Kennedy High School that fall and have been a proud Cougar ever since. I have two daughters, Summer and Brielle, and an American Bulldog named Gunny.