I teach math, science, and computer science. I also coach cross country and boys’ JV soccer and advise freshman boys.
I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when
Before I even knew that I wanted to become a teacher, my wife (Ellie Wilkinson CdeP 2008) and her family (including Tom Wilkinson CdeP 2010) insisted that I would fall in love with the school and want to teach there if I ever set foot on campus. Well, years later, they turned out to be right!
You can’t beat the combination of excellent academics, natural splendor, and whole-student development.
When not in the classroom I can be found
In a kitchen or a garden. Both places let me recharge by focusing on the task at hand and working with my hands and, in the end, you get something beautiful/delicious that you can share!
Since you asked me to brag, here are the professional accomplishments I’m most proud of
As a scientist: Creating a novel harmful algae bloom detector and designing and building everything from the physical components, to the circuit boards, to the software.
As a coach: Leading a youth ultimate frisbee team to the league championship. We lost in OT, but I was so proud to see how much they had grown from complete beginners two years earlier.
As a teacher: Every time I see a student light up as they begin to understand something.
Favorite place in my imagination
The dream house I designed when I was in middle school, complete with a workshop, a room for science experiments (read: explosions), and chickens.
Favorite places on earth
The Finger Lakes in Central New York, Puget Sound in Western Washington, and anywhere in France.
Hardly anybody knows that
I love to sing, especially with other people. Also, I’m a huge history nerd.
The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without
Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics by Sarmiento & Gruber—a work of science so beautiful and well-presented that I consider it art. It forever changed how I imagine the world.
What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)
An inventor or a falconer.
What I want to be when I grow up (now)
Someone who teaches inventors, and has many people at his table.