Upper Elementary and Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator
I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. where my father was a reporter at the Evening Star newspaper and my mother worked at the Lab School. After attending public school into 5th grade I went to Quaker schools in Washington and Pennsylvania. My Quaker education taught me the importance of service and activism as well as the importance of a rigorous education. I majored in Elementary Education at the University of Pennsylvania and also got a BFA in Film Animation at Concordia University in Montreal.
My wife Francesca and I just moved here from St. Louis because she is now the senior curator of prints, drawings, and European paintings at the U. of T. Blanton Museum. I have worked for 16 years in two wonderful, progressive elementary schools where I learned that creative arts and active play are essential to a rigorous, thorough education that develops people who love to learn, know how to learn, know how to collaboate, and who are active, caring community citizens. In the process of designing (and collaborating with educators and parents to design) classrooms and curriculum, I always keep in mind that, as research proves, people need to feel safe, engaged, and meaningfully involved in their community in order to grow well, succeed, and contribute. I love sports, especially ultimate frisbee, table tennis, and tennis, dancing to all kinds of music, and feel lucky to be part of the Austin EcoSchool Community.