John has a master’s in teaching from the School forInternational Training, a master’s inorganizational learning from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s from the University of Washington in history, with minors in geography and Japanese.
John participated in choirs in middle school and college and has played/practiced the guitar, trumpet, and keyboards periodically over the years. He is currently playing/practicing trumpet with a small group in a weekly jazz workshop. John was a supporter of the arts as PTA President of Mt. Vernon Community School in Alexandria, VA, where his son played the clarinet. He was also a chaperone for competitions of his son’s middle school jazz band and a member of the Alexandria City High School Band Boosters, where his son was a versatile musician, playing the bass clarinet in the symphonic band and serving as pit captain of the percussion section of the marching band.