Since the age of sixteen, Stephen has been active in the field of education, when he began teaching and coaching children at the Anderson Recreation Center near the west side of Chicago. After graduating from college with a BA in History, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he served as an Infantry Commander and International Affairs Officer. In these positions, he spent the majority of his career stationed abroad working as an adviser to the US embassies around the world as well as serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
As part of his professional development, Stephen has attended several institutions of higher learning, earning a master’s degree in Religious Studies at Columbia University, an MBA in International Business from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an EdM in Education Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University. Stephen credits his time spent living in nine countries across five continents as heightening his interest in the social sciences as well as providing him with a unique perspective of the ideas, beliefs and events that shape the world.
Upon leaving active duty, he began working as a social science instructor in South Florida. In this role, he focused on closing the achievement gap between students of different income levels by providing students with a well-rounded education based on the highest standards.
Stephen is excited to join the Religion and Philosophy department at St Andrew’s, where he will teach courses on the History of Religious Thought and Applied Ethics. Stephen lives with his wife Luciana and their two boys Marcus and Arthur in Founders Hall.