Stefan has a passion
to work with youth, especially those who grew up in similar circumstances as he
did. After his first year of teaching, he wanted to find a profession in which
he could make a bigger impact, and connect with youth and families on a deeper
level. Stefan found Friends in the summer of 2009 and has been a Friend ever since.
Eight out of his nine youth graduated from high school in 2021! The 9th is
entering his senior year in the fall of 2021! Stefan has learned so much from
his youth, their families, and his coworkers over the years at Friends.
Stefan received his
master's in education from Western Governor's University. He is a fan of every
Seattle sports team and holds out hope that there will be a men's basketball
team again. Stefan is passionate about the Black Lives Matter Movement, education
reform, civil rights, human rights, gender equality, and child safety. He is a
better mentor, husband, father, teacher, and community member thanks to the
wisdom he has gained over the years.
He loves spending
time and traveling with his wife and children. His favorite destination is the
Caribbean and Hawaii.