- Bachelors in English Literature from Oklahoma State University
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- 6 years’ experience with CrossFit
- EMT Basic Certified
- Currently working as a Firefighter with Houston Fire Department
I love being active and working in a team. I have surfed and rock climbed all over the US, done yoga, run – pretty much anything that required a great amount of physical and mental fortitude to succeed. But nothing matches the invigorating workouts that CrossFit offers. It’s why I was able to move on from my role as a middle school teacher to pursue my dream as a firefighter for the Houston Fire Department. I found CrossFit to be an excellent program to build strength, stay fit and be ready for life’s challenges.
I fell into CrossFit in 2011 when I saw some funny looking folks running around a gym near my house, but I was hesitant to buy into the whole blaring music, spandex and boot camp scene. But I tried a workout, was incredibly sore for a week, and couldn’t wait to go back for more. For quite some time I was the slowest athlete there, and scaled everything… but as the work was put in I began feeling stronger, faster and more fit. I loved it.
After I realized how much CrossFit helped me through the rigors of the Houston Fire Department training academy, I decided to get my Level I Certification because I wanted to coach others into being the best they could be, physically and mentally. I love seeing the amazing results and surprised faces of people when they lift, climb, throw or heave something they didn’t think they could.
I drank the CrossFit kool-aid, but I didn’t die, nor will the athletes who choose to give this CrossFit thing a shot.