I was born in Shady Grove and grew up in Gaithersburg, attending Gaithersburg Middle and High schools. I then attended the University of Maryland, College Park where I majored in Government and Politics. After graduating in 2011, I spent 13 months in Johannesburg, South Africa on a mission trip with my church. When I returned to the United States, I worked many different jobs including fingerprint technician, childcare, and substitute teacher. A friend of mine helped me get started in Information Technology working with Oracle databases as an administrator and developer for the past 8 years.