I’ve been the 4th grade teacher at TCS since way back in 2001, and I’m very proud to be a part of this school. I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else. I grew up in Jamestown, New York, about an hour south of Buffalo. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in English Literature, received an MA in Anthropology from the University of New York at Albany, and earned my teaching endorsement from Fort Lewis College in Durango.
Before moving to Taos, I taught 4th and 5th grade for four years on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, NM. Prior to teaching, I worked for several years as a ski patroller and snowmaker in Colorado at Eldora and Telluride. At TCS, I also serve as a member of our school’s Governing Council. In the winter, I’m a lucky chaperone of our weekly Ski and Snowboard Program at Taos Ski Valley, and every year I sponsor the National Geographic Bee for grades 4-8. Academically, I’m passionate about teaching reading and literature, history, culture, geography, and math. My wife Hillary is a high-school teacher and Dean of Students at Taos Academy. We don’t have children of our own, but we do have a big 2-year-old Great Pyrenees/ border collie mix named Penelope, who thinks she’s a person. She’s training hard to take her test to become a certified classroom therapy dog, so our students may be seeing “Penny” at school in the coming years. On the weekends, we love to hike, bike, camp, ski, and travel.