Raised in San Diego, Justin spent much of his young life awkwardly attempting to avoid the world of art. As a local graduate of Earl Warren JHS and Torrey Pines HS, much of Justin’s developmental years were spent playing hockey and exploring a variety of scientific interests. Attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, with the original intention of studying Marine Biology, the path shifted as Justin’s natural inclination for all things creative caught up with him. After three years, he received a BA in Art Studio (2004), soon followed by a Masters degree in Education (2006). In June of 2005, Justin received his teaching credentials from the state of California and has been teaching secondary level Art, Science, Technology and Literacy ever since. In 2013, Justin earned the honor of being recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher while teaching in Mexico City, D.F. Most recently, Justin graduated from the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley with a Masters in Educational Leadership (2017) before moving back to his hometown to teach Visual Arts at SOUL.