Meet Our Faculty

Meet our faculty

They hail from countries around the world and bring with them long lists of impressive credentials: UWC-USA’s faculty are committed to their profession, their students, and to the school’s mission.

UWC-USA faculty are not only experts in their respected fields, but they also share a commitment to the UWC mission and a belief in the students who will carry it forward.

“How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other?”

— Lester B. Pearson, former Canadian Prime Minister and UWC supporter

Andy

Language Faculty, BA (Seattle University)
What do you love about teaching?

I love teaching because I enjoy the challenge of taking a subject I’m excited about and sharing that energy with students, while also learning more about that subject through the questions and observations that the students make.

What do you do on the weekends?

On the weekends I enjoy hiking, running, and writing. I think it’s important to have an active life outside the classroom to bring interesting insight from outside into the classroom.

 

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What’s your favorite food?

Anything with green chile smothered all over it.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Whether the internet helps us share our common humanity or turns us into homogeneous, carbon copies of the digital world.

 

Ben

Science Faculty, BS (Antioch College), MS (New Mexico Highlands University)
What do you love about teaching?

I love teaching because it is an active, dynamic job. Every day is unique, every class is unique, every student is unique. I am always on my feet, trying to find the most effective way to communicate with my students and engage them in the complex and challenging topics we cover.

What do you do on the weekends?

I hang out with my partner and our two kids, go for hikes in the Pecos Wilderness, play music, and work on rehabbing our old adobe house.

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What’s your favorite food?

Ethiopian food! And New Mexican food, of course.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

I spent four months traveling around the Pacific Northwest surveying elusive and endangered aquatic lichens.

Brett

Mathematics Faculty, BA (University of Oklahoma), MA (New Mexico Highlands University)
What do you love about teaching?

I savor the opportunity to help students consider the world from a new perspective, think hard about difficult problems, and discover who and how they should be in the world. Working at a UWC gives me ample opportunity to pursue all of these areas of instruction, which has made it an ideal fit for me as an instructor.

What do you do on the weekends?

As often as possible, I like to travel with my family to our cabin at nearby Morphy Lake. The solitude and natural setting tend to settle me and create a space in which I can recharge my mental and emotional reserves.

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What’s your favorite food?

Sushi

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Not exactly esoteric, but the phenomenology of Heidegger massively reshaped my understanding of the world.

Denika

English, MA, New Mexico Highlands University
What do you love about teaching?

I love that I have the opportunity to discuss and explore topics that interest and inspire me. It is also wonderful being able to see my students begin being inspired by the same things that I am. On top of that, watching them learn and grow is amazing.

What do you do on the weekends?

Most weekends I make time to read and write for fun and spend time with friends and family. I also try to make small trips to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Taos to explore, do activities, and just get away and focus on myself for a while.

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What’s your favorite food?

All breakfast foods. I could eat breakfast any time of day.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Trauma fiction, specifically concerning domestic abuse, and the use of writing as a form of therapy.

Douglas

English Faculty, BA (University of Oregon), MA (St. Johns College)'
What do you love about teaching?

What I love about teaching is that it involves an earnest critical engagement with love as a political concept. “As a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence.” ― Bell Hooks, Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.

What do you do on the weekends?

Most weekends are a combination of grading, cooking, reading (for both myself and work), running in the mountains, and generally spending quiet time with my wife, Nandita, in our home in Santa Fe.

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What’s your favorite food?

I’m hospitable to most culinary traditions, but I’m especially fond of tacos, or sushi, or south Indian food.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

Most recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be human and reading about the anthropology of forests.

Dr. Sam

Science Faculty, BSc, and MSc. (Bangalore University), BEd, (Mysore University), MEd, (Madurai University), PhD, (Sardar Patel University), EdD, (Columbia University)
What do you love about teaching?

The students, Experiential Education program, play productions, physics, mathematics and Theory of Knowledge.

What do you do on the weekends?

Play chess and go to church.

 

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What’s your favorite food?

Oh-noh-Kowswey.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?

International schools in India and abroad.

 

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