Tim Priester is both honored and excited to be writing about his hometown of Barrington for Patch.com. Tim has always had a passion for journalism and writing and after graduating from Barrington High School, he attended Northern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Tim began his career working with the Department of Corrections teaching writing (and reading) to juvenile inmates. Prior to writing for Patch.com, Tim was a regular contributor for Chicagosmma.com. Tim began writing for this mixed martial arts web site after obtaining his second black belt in martial arts. Tim has earned a black belt in kickboxing and hap-ki-do. When Tim is not participating in (or watching) sports he is spending time with his lovely wife.