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

Aaron

Science
What do you love about teaching?

Interacting with students and bringing joy or peace while communicating with students.

What do you do on the weekends?

Once I have a car, my very first car ever in my life, I will explore New Mexico.

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What’s your favorite food?

All types of cuisines with little food restrictions, which I feel very lucky about.

What’s the most unusual or esoteric topic you’ve researched?
How to buy a used car as your very first car, I learned a lot about cars as a no-car person for the majority of my life.
EDUCATION

B.S., East China University of Science and Technology, pharmaceutical scienceM.S., Brown University, chemistry

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

Brent

Drama
What do you love about teaching?
The creativity involved in helping students craft and shape theatrical experiences that engage their hearts, minds, voices, and bodies.
What do you do on the weekends?
Visit my parents in Albuquerque, cook, and explore northern New Mexico.
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What’s your favorite food?
Lebanese.

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

Canadian eccentrics involved in the Shakespeare authorship controversy (in an article cheekily called “Canadian Bacon” and published by University of Toronto Press).

Education
B.A. Baylor University, English-Professional Writing/Philosophy 
M.A. University of Durham, Seventeenth-Century Studies

Ph.D. University of British Columbia, English literature

 

 

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

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