About Me

Short Version

I teach and counsel high school students. I drink lots of coffee and read lots of books. I live in Berkeley with my wife and two cats.

Long Version

For the first eleven years of my life, I lived (at least part time) Bali, Indonesia. When I was eleven, my parents and I were more-or-less permanently located in the Los Angeles, where they taught high school for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Around the time I graduated from Berkeley, I started tutoring—and teaching English—for an organization called Upward Bound, an educational outreach program that assists low-income, first-generation-to-college high school student in preparing for (and getting accepted to) a four year university.

Around 2004, I started an MA program at Stanford University. During this time I also worked as the webmaster for the talk radio show “Philosophy Talk” and helped organize fundraising efforts for the the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It was during my time at Stanford that I started hanging out with lots of computer geeks, who got using Linux (initially Fedora, then Ubuntu) and taught me the fundamentals of coding.

I started a PhD program in philosophy at USC in 2007. While at USC, I further refined my web design skills as the webmaster for the USC’s Philosophy Department website.  In 2009, I left my PhD program and returned to Berkeley, to resume working for Upward Bound (whom I had been working for on-and-off since 2003) and to reunite with my then-fiancée Iris (whom I married in 2010).

Since 2010, I have been happily residing in Berkeley, working for Upward Bound as an “Academic Specialist” (see more about this), and supplementing this income by taking graphic and web design job (see more about this).