I earned a bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University. After graduating, I worked at Independent Newspapers, Inc., for nearly three years, writing stories, compiling and editing submissions, taking photographs and designing pages; I have also written articles for The SEMI, Youthworker Journal, The State Press, The Disciple Newsletter, Ahwatukee Monthly Magazine and The Arizona Republic. I am a consultant for the Fuller Writing Center; in this position, I review the syllabi, notes, outlines and completed research papers of numerous students and provide suggestions accordingly, in addition to presenting workshops on grammar, self-editing and academic research.
I have been playing guitar since the age of 14. In addition to practicing for several hours a day at home, I also honed my skills by leading worship at numerous churches in Arizona and California, performing as a solo singer/songwriter throughout the West Coast, and composing and/or improvising guitar leads in four bands that specialized in original material. For eight years, I worked directly with youth as a worship leader for Tirosh, an annual three-day retreat for Lutheran high school students. I earned a master of arts in worship and music ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary; for my master's thesis project, I composed a folk liturgy that employed guitar techniques such as harmonics, arpeggiated chords, upstrokes, palm muting, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and a variety of fingerpicking styles. I presently teach guitar lessons four times a week to a class of fifth- through eighth-grade students at Mesa Arts Academy, and also lead worship professionally at Grace Lutheran Church.
I will help students of guitar, writing and religion to accomplish many great things with my combination of experiences, hard-working ethics, immense creativity and passion for teaching.
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