John grew up in Frederick, MD, and graduated from Frederick High in 2010. He spent two years after high school going back and forth between working as a lifeguard and various travelling expeditions: first a cross-country road trip, then a 3-month stay in India with the organization LEAPNOW, then a 3-month stay in New Zealand working on organic farms, and finally backpacking the Virginia section of the Appalachian Trail in the summer of 2012.
In the Fall of 2012, John moved to Portland, Oregon, where he worked in a Montessori preschool, first as a gardener and caretaker of the school’s two goats and two chickens, and then as a classroom aide for the 1-2 year-olds. He started taking classes at Portland Community College and then transferred to Portland State University, where he majored in Mathematics and minored in Physics. He has always had a fascination with the theoretical physics of subatomic particles, the origin of the universe, black holes, and other topics at the fringes of human understanding.
In the Spring of 2018, John graduated from PSU and moved back to Frederick, where he initially worked in another Montessori preschool and at a math tutoring center. In Fall of 2019 he entered a master’s program in Bioinformatics at Hood College, in hopes of eventually studying Computational Neuroscience at the PhD level. Around the same time, he landed a teaching position at Fusion Academy Rockville! He is thrilled at the opportunity to share his love of math and science with young people.
In his spare time, John actively devotes himself to music: he enjoys playing guitar and bass in rock bands, as well as classical piano. He also spends a lot of time in nature, hiking and swimming.