I joined Bridging Communities as the Small Engine Instructor for the 2018 school year, and it has been a consistently engaging experience! I have always had a knack for anything mechanical, which led to disassembling devices to see how they work, and usually reassemble successfully! This personal characteristic led me to taking Automotive Technology my junior year of high school, of which I was able to participate in the 2nd year “Advanced Course” my senior year. This opportunity required my participation in the AYES program, employment with an automotive shop, which was a local dealership, as well as provided an opportunity to acquire my VA State Inspection License!

--Having had personal experience with a Tech Center program during my high school years helps me have perspective with my students! I have been in their shoes, and want to provide the best possible experience in my class for them! Teaching a mechanical trade has been a personal goal of mine, since my days in those classes, as I had inspiring instructors whom I try my best to emulate!

--Outside of Bridging Communities, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son. We enjoy our simple home in Lakeside Virginia, as well as spending time with family between Goochland and King and Queen! My mechanical itch spans a wide range, as I easily find my way into some sort of project in my garage, between putting together a turbo V6 engine, rebuilding a suspension, or fabricating solutions for some custom application!

Educational Background:

    • 2 years of Automotive Technology – Dual Enrollment, College level courses

      • 2nd year – Advanced class, AYES apprenticeship program

Certifications:

    • Virginia State Inspector

    • Master Recertified Automotive, ASE

    • Refrigerent/Recovery 1234YF, ASE

Professional Experience:

    • Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge Service Tech, as well as Shop Manager

    • GM Service Tech

    • Kia Service Tech

    • Independent Shop Service Tech

    • Heavy Diesel Service Tech – specializing in Auto Transporters

    • AV/Data/Telecom Sales – Customer support

    • Audio/Video equipment for Commercial/Medical/Education facilities - lead installer, and service technician