List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    I teach English and interdisciplinary studies, coach soccer and lacrosse, and serve as the Director of the Golden Trout Wilderness School in the Sierra Nevada.
  • What my students call me

    Spauldo.
  • I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when

    I visited Golden Trout in the fall of 2001 on a trans-Sierra backpacking trip.
  • Favorite Thacher teaching moment

    Impossible to pick out one. 
  • Favorite job perk

    Soft-serve ice cream and living in the Sierra and in Ojai. 
  • When not in the classroom I can be found

    In the wilderness. 
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    Outdoor Chapel. 
  • Favorite places on earth

    The Sierra Nevada, the Big Island (Hawaii), and the confluence of the Clearwater and Big Blackfoot Rivers in Montana.  
  • Hardly anybody knows that

    I once worked as a florist. 
  • The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without

    Hmmm. East of Eden, The Big Lebowski, the foxtail pine, and Blood on the Tracks.
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

    A marine biologist. 
  • What I want to be when I grow up (now)

    Self-sufficient.