What was the first dive you did and how did it influence you to start a career in the diving industry?
My first dive was in Lake Norman Quarry in North Carolina. It was the middle of winter and the water was in the 40s. Despite horrendous temperatures, I got the chance to see some things I had never even imagined. Simultaneously, I was diving for the first time as a new adventure I began with my father. It showed me the values in diving that relate to fun, education, family and even beauty despite unusual conditions or circumstances.
What do you believe is the most important trait of a professional educator and why?
I believe the most important trait that can be maintained by a professional educator is the ability to understand different people and how they develop knowledge. If an educator is able to adapt to the needs of any student, then he or she has the ability to teach almost anyone.