Faculty & Staff Directory
M.A., Montclair State College
M.Ed., Columbia University
Came to Berkshire: 1999
Where does your passion for teaching come from? I started teaching when I was a Boy Scout. My first summer job was as an “apprentice” or “CIT” at scout camp and I ended up spending 8 summers teaching scouts, eventually serving as program director and assistant camp director. When I was in high school I volunteered in our town’s elementary schools’ residential outdoor education program. In these early teaching experiences I found mentors who challenged me to find creative ways to present ideas in a variety of settings, a process that continues to this day.
What excites you the most about teaching at Berkshire? The freedom to create a course syllabus that makes the most sense for not only our students but also the resources that are available to us. In just a few minutes I can get my biology classes up into the woods to study a woodlot or down the road for a stream ecology lesson. Along with these available resources, Berkshire has an administration that encourages risk-taking by support the development of new course offerings and supports interdisciplinary and place-based education.
What type of students do you encounter at Berkshire? Berkshire students are a diverse bunch, as they from all over the globe and all walks of life. While they bring a variety of educational experiences and abilities, they share a common goal of making the most of their Berkshire experience. I find Berkshire students to be friendly, outgoing and accepting of others. In the classroom they are willing to take risks and aren’t afraid to challenge ideas.
What is your favorite tradition at Berkshire? That would have to be the Mountain Days when the students and faculty take time out to celebrate the mountain and all of its beauty!