“Never for a single moment, betray your credo or pretend, but be alive … alive and burning to the end.”
Breaking the Seal
The Misadventures of a Pissed Wordsmith Abroad
Regions of the World
The Big Three
I am a certified ESL teacher with almost fifteen years of experience in the United States, the Czech Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Turkmenistan, and Oman. I have taught K-12, university students, and adults of all ages, both in a private and public setting. I am always looking for extra work, either online or in person. Please email me to request a résumé and letters of reference, or to set up an interview.
From 2006 to 2008, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan. During my service, I taught English in a small village and co-authored a grammar book called “501 Turkmen Verbs.” Since then, I’ve done a number of volunteer projects, including ESL teaching in Guinea-Bissau in 2017, and a fundraising project for victims of Hurricane Shaheen in Oman in 2021. If you have a volunteer opportunity you’d like me to be a part of, please email me with the details.
I am the author of two travel/adventure novels: “Chuck Life’s a Trip,” which is based on a journey I took around the world with my childhood buddies in 2006, and “Saving Jahan,” which is based on my Peace Corps service in Turkmenistan. I am also the author of a poetry collection, “The Heart That Beats,” and a popular blog, “Breaking the Seal,” both of which document my life as a writer in California and Prague. Most recently, I’ve published a collection of short stories, “Goodnight Suzy,” which is inspired by my wild childhood and early travels.
I currently live between Oman, where I teach English to keep the lights on, and Livermore in Northern California, where I grew up.
Writing and traveling are my greatest passions. To date, I have visited ninety countries, and have written the above-mentioned novels, poetry and short story collections, and blog based on my experiences.
I earned a BA degree from the University of California at San Diego in International Studies. My articles and short stories have appeared in the UCSD Guardian, the San Diego Union-Tribune and The Prague Revue.
In my spare time, I like to study languages, the more obscure the better. I speak Czech, Turkmen, Farsi, Spanish, and others, with varying degrees of proficiency.