Age: 32

Occupation: Seventh-grade mathematics teacher at Glenn C. Jones Middle

Hometown: Concord, N.H.

Education: Bachelor's degree in middle grades education from the University of Georgia; master's degree in middle grades education in Georgia State University; specialist's degree in mathematics education from the University of Georgia

Teaching experience: Began teaching in 1996, joining Gwinnett County Public Schools in 1998, where he has taught for Lanier Middle and Jones Middle

Community involvement: Co-president of the Georgia chapter of the Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation

Favorite subject in high school: Advanced Placement U.S. History

Object that symbolizes teaching philosophy: A University of Georgia coffee mug that was given to him by a group of students. The mug reminds him that hard work is worth the effort. "Sometimes the kids who struggle the most with math are the most appreciative at the end of the year," he said.