A Very Brief Biography:
I grew up the oldest of four brothers born and raised in Quesnel, a small city in central British Columbia. I spent a fair bit of time playing in the bushes around my parents' home in the Bouchie Lake area. One time, my brother and I dug a 6' deep trench in the ditch so that we could catch ourselves one of the dirtbikes that "ran wild" past the house. This seemed like a great plan until (my incredibly patient) Mom made me fill the hole in!
I went to Bouchie Lake Elementary School from kindergarten through to grade 7. For grades 8-12, I went to Correlieu Secondary where I discovered that I greatly enjoyed math, physics, and band. I graduated at the top of my high school class in 2008.
I have spent the past seven years in university. First, I completed my Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a minor in computing at the University of Northern BC, then I went on to a Master of Mathematics in pure mathematics at the University of Waterloo. I realized during my masters that as much fun as doing mathematical research is, I enjoyed teaching even more. Thus, I am working towards a Bachelor of Education in secondary education back at UNBC.
Hobbies & Interests:
Reading is my biggest hobby. I enjoy a wide variety of books, both fiction and non fiction. A couple of my favourites novels, so far, are Catch 22, Life of Pi, and The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. I also really enjoy the nostalgic stories in Stuart McLean's different Vinyl Cafe books, though those are even better on the radio. I'm always on the lookout for something for something new so let me know if you have any suggestions!
I also enjoy completing puzzles, recreational computer programming, as well as mathematics. Yes, I do math for fun. More on my mathematical interests can be found by clicking the button at the bottom.
I also have a strong appreciation for bad puns and dark humour. I suppose it is not too strange for a person who enjoys mathematics to delight in the absurd. Gary Larson's The Far Side is a source of endless entertainment!