I’m currently the School’s first Fisher Fellow and am co-teaching AP Psychology and Spanish. I’m also a soccer, cross country, and track coach, and I thoroughly enjoy advising freshman boys.
What my students call me
Mr. Arceo, Señor Arceo, Coach Arceo.
I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when
I came to interview in the spring. The scent of the spring orange blossoms fused with the students’ zeal for Thacher was overwhelmingly refreshing. Then I met Mr. Michael Mulligan and it was game over—the man just gets ya!
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 research fellowship during my senior year in college to study resiliency among college student-athletes.
When not in the classroom I can be found
In the college counseling office petting Obey; chatting about philosophy with the senior boys of Upper School; in the pottery studio; or running through the Sespe.
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.” Getting to hang out with Mr. Popa is pretty rad, too—he’s the man.
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.
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; Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights; D.F.W.’s This is Water; 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 at the CampNou.
What I want to be when I grow up (now)
“Here. Now. This moment.” More concretely… probably a teacher of the humanities.