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

Ben

Science
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.

BS, Antioch College

MS, New Mexico Highlands University

Brett

Mathematics
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.

BA, University of Oklahoma

MA, New Mexico Highlands University

Denika

English
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.

Education

English, MA, New Mexico Highlands University

Dr. Sam

Science
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.

BSc and MSc, Bangalore University

BEd, Mysore University

MEd, Madurai University

Doctorate, Sardar Patel University

EdD, Columbia University

Erin

Science
What do you love about teaching?

The most incredible thing about teaching is assisting others in expanding their understandings and capabilities; literally endeavoring to help fellow humans make sense and derive joy from our very bewildering, very fascinating world. I take unusual pleasure in mystifying the commonplace — “This simple topic is not as simple as it appears, you see?” — and demystifying the arcane — “This complex topic is comprehensible after all, you see?”

What do you do on the weekends?

On the weekends, I attempt to reconnect with the world outside of our UWC “bubble,” take care of myself and my family, and give time to new or old projects. One way I manage to accomplish all of these things, some weekends, is visiting Morphy Lake, a state park adjacent to which my maternal grandparents spent many years building a small cabin camp with their own labor and modest educators’ salaries. It is one of the dearest homes of my heart and still a family project to maintain to this day.

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What’s your favorite food?

Sashimi, preferably as part of sushi. On the sweeter end of things: uncooked brownie batter.

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

Microhabitat preferences and spatial distribution of the vesper rat (Nyctomys sumichrasti) in Colima, Mexico

BS, University of Oklahoma

MAT, University of Alaska Southeast

Gianvi

Language
What do you love about teaching?

I enjoy teaching because it is really nice when I see in a student’s eyes the aha-moment, the moment when a topic begins to make sense.

What do you do on the weekends?

I usually do some hiking. When it snows, I like skiing. I also spend a lot of time playing my tenor recorder, working on puzzles, and folding paper (origami).

 

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What’s your favorite food?

Salama da sugo. It’s a typical type of sausage from the Ferrara province in Italy.

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

Subject clitic pronouns in the Gallo-Italic dialects of northern Italy.

Education

B.A., University of Tulsa

M.A., Middlebury

ABD, University of Texas-Austin

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