Jim Desler grew up in Houston, Texas, but has also lived in New York, Minnesota, and Ohio. Before coming to MSU in 2009, he spent 10 years in Washington State, where he taught ESL to Mexican immigrants in a middle school and community college. Teaching was not his first career choice, but after his little league coach told him at the tender age of 10 that he had no future in baseball, he decided to give up his dream of playing in the big leagues and focus on something academic. It was a good decision because he really enjoys teaching and getting to know people from other countries. Jim is married, has two sons.