After spending the first 30 years of my life moving up and down the east coast, I came to Austin in 1993 and immediately knew I was home. I had received a BA in Creative Writing from Hofstra University in New York, and I was going to write the great American novel here in the heart of Texas. The book never got written, but I did earn a living as a standup comic, and appeared in several independent films and even got beat up on an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger.
Eventually I settled down, and got certified to teach high school in 2002. I spent five years teaching English at St. Michael’s Catholic High School. During that time, I discovered that I really enjoyed talking to teenagers who were struggling with the transition from childhood to young adulthood. I decided to get a Master’s in Counseling at Texas State while I was teaching, and the counselor’s position opened up at SMCA just as I was completing my degree. I worked for another five years there as counselor before coming to St. Ignatius, along with two of my three lovely daughters, in August of 2012.
I have been deeply impressed with the academic, social and spiritual life here in this amazing community. I feel very welcomed and appreciated here, and my daughters Mary Sophia and Josie have jumped right into Bobcat life! I am proud of the Second Step program that we have implemented this year, and am looking forward to adding Rachel’s Challenge next year. I look forward to continuing to grow spiritually and professionally in this rich environment.