Like most of you I too started my collegiate education at St. Petersburg College; I earned my general AA degree in 2006. After graduating I enrolled at Clearwater Christian College and majored in Mathematics. In addition to receiving my BS in Mathematics I also dual minored in both Bible and Church Ministries completing my degree in 2009. After solely studying pure (theoretical) mathematics during my undergrad, I decided to change gears and go to the University of Central Florida to study applied mathematics. I enrolled in UCF's Industrial Mathematics program and earned my MS in 2011 writing my thesis on an analysis of a second order nonlinear ordinary differential equation that modeled superfluid He4 in a vortex. While working on my MS I gained experience in teaching at UCF and at Valencia College. I've been tutoring or teaching math in both formal and informal settings since 2005. My mathematical interests include: special functions, matrix analysis, ordinary differential equations, numerical analysis, and perturbations. In 2018 I completed a Web Development Specialist Certificate from SPC.
I have a wonderful wife that I've been married to since 2010. I enjoy studying and discussing Biblical theology. I am an avid baseball fan (Yankees and Rays) and I'm a big fan of the UCF Knights (2017 national champions!). I enjoy playing baseball, tennis, and I also play keyboard. My wife and I have three children; two boys plus a girl in the middle. I am also the faculty advisor of both the SPC Math Club and the Gibbs campus chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
My philosophy of higher education is that of student success. I don't teach because I like to hear myself talk, but rather I teach to the end that my students will reach their end goal. I attempt to carry out this goal by engaging students in critical thinking, remaining flexible in my teaching methods, and being an active participant of student learning. Allow me to explain each of these methods.