Prior to becoming a teacher in 1997 I worked as a field biologist which has taken me across Africa, Central America, Asia, Alaska, and all over the west coast of the United States. I most recently came from Vestavia Hills high school where I taught environmental science and 9th grade biology. For 13 years (1997-2010) I worked at the Altamont School teaching A.P. Biology, AP Environmental Science and Honors Biology. I also started the school’s recycling and gardening programs and led numerous international student trips to Belize and, in 2010, Kenya. I have also led trips to Hawaii and the Florida Keys.
I am originally from upstate New York and attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, where I received my bachelor’s in biology. I also have a master’s degree in science education from UAB and a master’s in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My master’s research at Wisconsin brought me to Rwanda where I spent close to seven years doing forest conservation research during the tumultuous 1990's.
I am married to my multi-talented and extremely intelligent wife, Dr. Sibylle Kristensen, who currently helps direct an international maternal-child health non-profit (One-Heart Worldwide), we have three children, two sons (one is a premed at Emory and the other is in chemical engineering at Georgia Tech) and a daughter at Hoover High School who is in the IB program and on the weapons line in the colorguard and winterguard. My hobbies include both mountain and road biking, photography, organic gardening and permaculture design. I am also a small scale beekeeper with approximately 20 hives and we keep about a dozen chickens on top of Shades Mountain in the Bluff Park community of Hoover.
I am also one of the head coaches of Trussville's highly successful mountain bike racing team (2nd in the state this season!) and I feel extremely lucky to have landed at HTHS and will work to ensure that we continue in the AP biology success that Ms. Gilbert has demonstrated is possible at HTHS.