What is your field of work?
I work in the fields of outreach and engagement around coastal restoration and resiliency issues.
Why are you passionate about New Harmony?
New Harmony High fills the missing space between real world challenges and opportunities of living on a changing coastline and student growth. Connecting these is crucial if humanity wants to continue inhabiting coastal cities. We know we need to grow to meet the task ahead of us and the next generation of thinkers, doers, and innovators needs to be a big part of that, NHH gives those students the time and space to do that. I love that New Harmony High is going to blur the line between community and school. For thousands of years humanity has learned from experts through apprenticeships. Whether it’s the arts of great antiquity like beekeeping, or more medieval tasks like blacksmithing, or today’s work of averting and adapting to a changing climate, the way people learn is the most natural when they learn something they’re deeply interested in through a patient expert in the field they love.
Who was your most influential teacher?
John Hoyle. He taught me that the job is never done. That we can always be improving, and that we need to challenge ourselves and others to live up to the task at hand, which is our lives.