Fisher Fellow, teaching and co-teaching English and history, respectively.
I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when
After a long day and a half of an on-campus interview, I just felt like it was right! I especially loved sitting down with students and seeing how thoughtful they were when it came to their education and what they expect from their teachers.
When not in the classroom I can be found
Acting like a kid with my kid… probably chasing lizards or examining ladybugs or lying in the grass staring at the sky.
Since you asked me to brag, here are the professional accomplishments I am most proud of
Reading a chapter of my creative thesis aloud after graduating with my M.F.A. It took me quite some time to become comfortable and even proud of my writing voice, and reading that chapter felt like a huge milestone on an ongoing journey of self-exploration. I use that moment to help inform my teaching, helping students gain the same confidence in their own individual voices.
Favorite places on earth
The beautiful and mystical Darband, Iran with its riverside cafes enclosed by the mountains, Lake Saiful Muluk in Pakistan where I once “sledded” down a glacier and then soothed my aching body with intensely spicy food from unassuming food stalls, and New York City—all of it, and how it engulfs you with its craziness.
Favorite place in my imagination
Hogwarts as I envisioned it way back when I first picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone.
The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without
The Harry Potter series, which taught me how much I love to read and live in my imagination. The poetry of Rumi, which always affects me (often differently) when I read it/hear it/see it. Nas’ Illmatic, which is the accessible and yet incomprehensibly deep work of a genius. The movie Do the Right Thing,which encapsulates what I believe to be a vital truth about life: it’s beautiful, awful, immensely complicated, messy, nuanced, full of love AND hate, and often has no clear right or wrong answers.
Hardly anybody knows that
I’m even more of a marshmallow of a person the more you get to know me.
What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)
An industrial engineer that designs cars, electronics, and other random things people use every day.
What I want to be when I grow up (now)
A good husband, father, friend, teacher, and writer—all of which are inextricably linked in my eyes.