I’m currently the School’s first Fisher Fellow and teach AP Psychology and Spanish lll. I’m also a budding Horse Faculty member, a soccer and track coach, and I thoroughly enjoy advising freshman boys.
What my students call me
Mr./Señor Arceo Coach Arceo Papa Arceo (the freshman boys)
I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when
I came to interview in March. The scent of the spring orange blossoms fused with the students’ zeal for Thacher was overwhelmingly refreshing.
Favorite Thacher teaching moment
When the students have bought into my lessons’ acting-games so well that they make me cry from so much laughter…teaching classical conditioning in psych and playing Ensaladas de Palabras in Spanish come particularly to mind.
When not in the classroom I can be found
Three-wheeling with (the awesome) Mr. and Ms. Popa; chatting about philosophy with the senior boys of Upper School; playing in the pottery studio; or running through the Sespe trails.
Favorite job perk
Too many! The daily supply of fresh berries for breakfast would rank among the very top. Hiking through the Sierra for several days and calling that “my work.” The students. The students. And…the students!
Since you asked me to brag, here are the professional accomplishments I'm most proud of
Presenting my undergraduate research in psychology at Harvard University, and because of it, garnering a summer research fellowship during my senior year in college to study ‘resiliency.’
Hardly anybody knows that
I’ve considered the priesthood. Once or twice.
Favorite place at Thacher
Soccer practice on Lower Field as the sun is setting through the trees. It’s a dynamic yet calming experience.
Favorite place in my imagination
Living in a Buddhist monastery, though—even in my imagination—I would need to work on my Om-ing.
Favorite place on earth
As of now…Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Under a certain shade tree on Praia de Lopez Mendes.
The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air; Cher’s album, Believe; Los Bukis; The Harry Potter series; Brave New World; The Selfish Gene; D.F.W.’s This is Water speech; Plato’s Dialogues and Kant’s Groundwork on the Metaphysics of Morals; The Gospels.
What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)
A marine biologist in the morning.
A teacher in the afternoon.
A professional soccer player by night—under the lights of the CampNou.
What I want to be when I grow up (now)
“Here. Now. This moment.” More concretely… probably a teacher of the humanities.