Hi, my name is Brian and I am a program assistant at DO-IT. I work on a number of different projects and offer support to the rest of the staff as needed. I have been working at DO-IT for the last year and a half, and I absolutely love it! I began working here while I was a student at the University of Washington.
I graduated from the UW in June 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in music. During my four years of college, I performed with the UW Husky Marching Band, as a member of the drum line. I performed with the band at every home football game and select away games. I played drum set for UW volleyball and basketball games, including during NCAA tournament appearances by both teams. Through the marching band, I had an instant community of 240 friends, which really helped make the university seem small and welcoming to me.
One of the best classes that I took was the education course, "Why Do Some Students Do Better Than Others in School?" This class really opened my eyes to the many different challenges that students of all abilities face while attending school, from kindergarten right up through a college education. The class also allowed me to examine the challenges that I faced throughout my education, and how every student has the ability to overcome these barriers and receive an education that will work with and accommodate them.
When I am away from the office, I love to watch sports, particularly baseball and football at both the amateur and professional levels. I also volunteer as an umpire for little league baseball games, most recently for Northeast Seattle Little League. I have a deep appreciation for a wide variety of music and movies. Last summer, I traveled to Beijing and Shanghai, China, as a member of the 2008 Olympic Orchestra. In January 2010, I will be attending a professional baseball umpire academy in Kissimmee, Florida.