Upper School Computer Science Teacher
Know Your Pelicans
What is your favorite thing about Packer?
The community. There's something really special about the relationships that are formed both in the classrooms and in the halls of Packer.
Describe a favorite or memorable moment in your classroom at Packer.
In Computer Science, it's easy to get frustrated. There can be any number of reasons that a program doesn't work, and it's part of the challenge of CS to puzzle out the solution. That said, there's something incredibly satisfying about watching a student who has been struggling on a problem and seeing the moment that they get it to work. That comes up in every class, but I especially appreciate it when it happens with my 9th graders. They're students who don't necessarily think of themselves as CS people. When they work through a problem and end up with a program that they can show their friends and take pride in, it's that much more exciting.
Name a book/artwork/piece of music that changed your life and explain how.
The Harry Potter books have definitely affected the course of my life. I've made lifelong friends while bonding over them, I played Quidditch in college, and they are the books that I go back to and read over and over.
Separately, the book Generative Design is just beautiful to look at. I like to go through it to remind myself what people are capable of creating using computers.
What is something that most Packer people wouldn't know about you?
Over the summer I work at a sleepaway camp in western Massachusetts. When people find that out, they tend to imagine that it's a computer camp, but it's about as low-tech as possible.