I am an educator who loves the outdoors, working with young people, teaching literature, and having fun. I have taught in a variety of non-traditional educational environments with great success. At the High Mountain Institute I taught some of the most impressive students from the most prestigious college prep schools in the United States, schools like Harvard-Westlake, Deerfield Academy, and Concord Academy.
I believe that teaching is more than just managing a classroom—it is participating in a community. In college I assumed leadership of the Fellowship of Undergraduate Students in English (FUSE) and transformed it into a full-fledged student community. I recruited more than 15 students to executive board positions, led retreats to build relationships among the leaders, and then put on over 15 events in partnership with two other student organizations while drawing unprecedented attendance. In collaboration with other FUSE leaders, graduate students, and department faculty, I also developed two mentorship programs and started an online literary magazine. The coordinator of undergraduate advising described me as “one of the most instrumental leaders FUSE has seen,” and I was awarded a President's Student Leadership and Service Award, which is awarded only to about 35 students, or approximately one-half of one percent of the student body.
The best part? I am mature and respectful. I am able to give and receive feedback to both superiors and colleagues with maturity and poise. Dr. Brian Goldberg, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in my department in college said:
“I’ve found his insights into undergraduate education and even the organization of the curriculum to be extremely illuminating.”
Often those insights were critical, and yet I gained the respect of the highest department administrators due to my calm and respectful approach to opening constructive conversations.
I would be a great addition to your wilderness or educational program.