A science teacher within the STEM Department at The White Mountain School, Sam's teaching passions lie primarily within environmental science and outdoor education. He also serves as a mountain biking coach and enjoys working with students on climbing and snowboarding.
Sam has spent most of his teaching career working with middle school students in Colorado independent schools and, while living there, also spent several summers as a climbing guide with Avid 4 Adventure youth camps. He has also lived in Wyoming, where he spent some brief time away from the classroom, continuing his education studying ecology and science education with the Teton Science Schools in Kelly. Most recently, before coming to White Mountain, Sam split his time between tutoring students, teaching climbing classes, and traveling—all while finishing up his master's in natural resource management.
Sam lives in Burroughs Dorm with his partner, Emma, and their "giant, dingo-looking puppy" named Hatcher and enjoys spending time with both of them in the mountains during his spare time.
- M.A., Natural Resource Management (with a Concentration in Wildlife Management), Utah State University
- B.A., Environmental Studies (with a Minor in African Studies), Colorado College
Why did you choose to come to White Mountain?
For the intentional community and focus on outdoor education!
What is your favorite part about working at the School?
Getting to work with students beyond the classroom through coaching and advising.
Who or what inspired or continues to inspire your love of teaching?
My dad, a lifelong educator.
What is your favorite tradition at White Mountain?
The Hood's Hill slip-n-slide on Community Weekend.
What is your favorite place on campus?
What is your favorite season?
What is your favorite thing about New Hampshire?
All the mountains and amazing granite climbing!
What is something surprising about you that people may not know?
I first came to The White Mountain School to attend Circus Smirkus camp when I was nine years old.