I am the father of two creative children, Isabel Rachel and Isaac Jacob. I love to engage with young people in discussions so that we can learn from each other. I believe together we can make the world a better place. Since 2014 I have been coming to New Roots first working as a volunteer alternative instructor, and then as a substitute teacher. Through the years I have acquired a great deal of respect for the Institution’s ideas, camaraderie with the collegiate staff, and enjoyed many meaningful experiences working with the unique student body. Last year while finishing the teaching year as the Pre-Algebra Teacher I learned about the Leap Program that New Roots was launching and I immediately applied. I feel so lucky to be a part of the inaugural Leap program. As an educator, I enjoy guiding the learning of real-world applicable math with hands-on activities. I love to build and create things and I enjoy making mistakes and trying again. The best part of being an educator is working with young people and building those personal connections. I hope students will learn to feel proud of all the work that they accomplish. I want learners to not be afraid to tackle challenges; I want learners to understand that it is ok to make mistakes and then they should reflect and learn from them, and learn how cool it is to celebrate successes as a community.