What I enjoy most outside of school are various outdoor activities. Hiking in the mountains, canoeing and kayaking, biking, camping. Sometimes it’s connected with family vacations, sometimes on my own. Last summer, I did some solo hiking and camping in the Colorado Rockies, at 12,000 feet. Hard to beat that.
Education and Professional Experiences
My education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, a Masters in Science Education from Antioch University, and many courses in education and science from UVM, Union, Johnson State, and St. Mike’s. Prior to my 19 years at WHS, I taught for four years at Enosburg HS, and did student teaching at my old high school, in Wayland, MA. I also did some long term subbing in the Boston school system. I’ve held a number of positions in the field of environmental science and policy, including field research in wetland habitats for the State of Vermont, Water Program Director for VNRC, and several other posts. And last but not least, for about 12 or so years, I ran a small cabinetmaking and remodeling company. When not occupied with the above careers, I have worked as a cab driver, longshoreman, oil well roughneck, and community organizer.
What has been your greatest learning experience? (in or out of school)
Many of my greatest learning experiences have been through volunteering in community boards and committees, or as part of environmental action campaigns. Recently, for several years I chaired the national Sierra Club’s climate campaign, where I got to work with hundreds of activists across the US on local campaigns. It was pretty cool to see how diverse our country really is, and to see so many creative ways people are trying to do the right thing in their communities.
Who do you admire and why?
For years I’ve admired the work of a man named Miles Horton. In the 1930’s, he started an education center in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Rarely in the news, he and his center were at the center of the great work of the labor movements of the 30s and 40s, the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s, and the environmental movement in the 70s and 80s. A life well lived.
What do you love about your current WSD position and the WSD community?
I feel very lucky to be working with the people of Winooski High School. We have an incredible student body, and a fabulous and inspiring staff. It’s always changing, which keeps things very interesting. It may be true of many schools, but none so much as ours, that this is a place of hope, where everyone who comes through the doors of our school has the opportunity to create the life they want to live. Pretty cool place.