List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    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, thougheven in my imaginationI 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 nightunder the lights of the Camp Nou.
  • What I want to be when I grow up (now)

    “Here. Now. This moment.” More concretely… probably a teacher of the humanities.