I absolutely love working with students and seeing them grow into young adults, and I firmly believe that I can make a difference in the lives of young people.”

Riley’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Mathematics

“I believe mathematics is a tool to explain the world we live in and should be taught as such. I am interested in improving my teaching within the context of the world of students and helping them see the utility of the mathematical principles they learn.”

Volunteer Experience

During his undergraduate studies, Riley volunteered at a rural middle school in Washington state, where he encouraged students to consider college. Additionally, he was elected to serve as an Alumni Board Member for the Washington State branch of the College Success Foundation, an organization that is committed to improving college access for underrepresented students.


Riley enjoys skiing, hiking, dining at local restaurants and watching television, especially football.

Academic Background

  • Seattle Pacific University (Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science)
  • Western Washington University (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics)

Knowles Academy Courses Taught

Designing Instructional Tasks to Increase Student Engagement and Learning in Math