Born in Denmark, I came to the United States when I was young and grew up in Los Angeles. Appreciating different cultures has been my lifelong passion and I carried that into my study of art and history at the University of California, Davis. That passion continued when I moved to live in China for over a decade studying Mandarin, Chinese and Tibetan painting, doing community development and finally starting a business with my wife selling yarns produced from Tibetan yak down. After returning to the United States, my family and I have made North Carolina our home.
I have received a Master in Education from the California State University, Dominguez Hills and am certified to teach Social Studies and Art. In North Carolina I have taught at Athens Drive High School, East Cary Middle School and now at Lufkin Middle School.