I was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. I went to University of Washington in Seattle, and after that, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I concentrated on foreign language pedagogy, first and second language acquisition, and minimalist syntax.
I’ve studied abroad in Avignon, France; Rome, Italy; Antigua, Guatemala; and most recently in Hangzhou, China.
For the past 8 years, I was a Spanish teacher and campus minister at a Jesuit high school in Seattle. Now I’m moving to Shanghai, China to work for a company developing online study material for people learning Spanish.
This blog is just a journal. Sometimes I tell stories, but mostly I just take pictures of my food, worry about diabetes, and complain about my life. This new blog will probably be about the wonders and challenges of my new life in Shanghai. I hope you enjoy it.
john patrick | 万吉平
It’s almost the end of 2010. I was downsized from Spanishpod101, but months before I had applied for teaching jobs. The best offer was from… wait for it… the Jesuit high school I used to teach at before I went to China! So I took the summer off in Las Vegas, with the folks, and then when school started I moved back to Seattle. So now I’m back to my old life; same office, same townhouse… it’s almost like I never left. I hope this goes well!