Hometown: Bethlehem, NH
Education: BS in Natural Science, Northern Vermont University
My primary roles at White Mountain: Co-director of Student Inquiry and Research, Science Department Chair, climbing and mountain bike coach
Why White Mountain? White Mountain provides the opportunity for students to learn in a broad range of settings about a wide range of topics and I love being a part of this learning and teaching experience!
What influenced your passion for teaching? The teachers, especially in the sciences, who exposed me to the natural world and helped me learn about the fascinating intricacies that can be found there.
What excites you the most about teaching at WMS? The schools dedication to progressive education and the support to be forward thinking in the courses we teach.
What do you value most about the White Mountain community? The personal connections made with the students, faculty, and staff.
When not in the classroom I can be found: Adventuring both mentally and physically around campus and the broader community.
Favorite tradition at WMS? Mountain day!
Favorite place on campus? The farm.
Favorite White Mountain teaching moment?
That’s a hard one! The first one that comes to mind was from the Geology, Ecology, and Glaciology Field Course in Acadia National Park that I helped lead last year. We got up before sunrise and hiked up to near the top of Cadillac Mountain to be some of the first people to watch the sunrise in the United States. We watched the moon set and took time to reflect and remain in quiet contemplation during the sunrise. As we looked out over the landscape we learned about and discussed the tremendous forces of glaciation, the minute details found amongst crevice communities, and how the ecology of the area has been influenced by eons of natural cycles.
Favorite season? Winter!
What I want to be when I grow up: A person who has a positive impact on both human and natural communities.
Not many people know that: I find inner peace while running a chainsaw to harvest firewood to heat my families home for the winter.