Lead Teacher: The Ravens
Brian brings 30 years of teaching experience to our Raven classroom, with second graders ready to take an important leap academically and socially. Brian loves teaching outdoors and involving carpentry and other practical skills as a means of educating. Brian’s class is often seen hammering away at a project or deeply engaged in meaningful play. We are so lucky to have him on board. We asked Brian to introduce himself:
I am looking forward to another year with this wonderful community at Middle Way. I have a long background in progressive education, outdoor education and arts-based learning. I taught kindergarten through 3rd grade at Poughkeepsie Day School for three decades. I have also directed Dutchess Arts Camp summer camps in Red Hook for ten years, supporting the mission of “building self-esteem through the arts.”
I value looking at the whole child and seek to guide each student to feel successful as a learner and to help them pursue her/his passions. Site based learning has been integral over the years with students, whether on the banks of the Hudson, the ridges at Mohonk, as well as the forest surrounding our campus here at Middle Way. The values, philosophy and warmth of Middle Way continue to grow and I feel fortunate for the opportunity to work with the students and faculty here.
I look forward to bringing my passion for science, the environment and hands-on explorations to the students, as well as weaving the dharma curriculum more fluidly throughout our day’s work. I am a long time resident of Red Hook where I live with my wife, Lisa, son, Logan, and Bailey, the Golden Retriever.