Troy went to college in Miami, Florida, at Florida International University and graduated with a degree in Psychology with a double minor in History and Religious Studies. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Troy moved to Alaska and did environmental work through an Americorps program. He then moved to Jinju, South Korea and taught English for a year. From there, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and did another Americorps program that worked to close the achievement gap in lower socio-economic neighborhoods. Troy returned to school and got his Master’s in Education in Communications Education from Augsburg University and graduated in May 2019. He has also worked as an ESL teacher in Escondido, California, and a substitute teacher in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Troy likes reading, camping, writing, driving, and cats.