I am Indian in origin. I grew up overseas going to school in India Saudi Arabia, high school in England and college in Texas. I received a BS in Geology and am certified in Earth and Physical Science, Computer Science, and Technology Education. I taught 5th and 6th grade math and science for 15 years. During that time, I received the Presidential Award for Science Teaching. I was a finalist for NASA's educator astronaut program and served a two-year fellowship with NASA's office of education. I spent a year as a middle school science specialist at an education service center before returning to the classroom teaching engineering and robotics and starting our district's STEM academy.