Pierpont, Dylan

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B.S. Natural Resources Management and Policy - Paul Smith's College

I was born in Vermont and raised in New Hampshire by a teacher and a public defender. Most of my boyhood was spent fishing along the banks of the Connecticut River and in fifth grade I became a woodworking student under the tutelage of a professional cabinet maker who happened to be my neighbor. 

I first experienced boarding school life as a high school student at Vermont Academy and then went on to study at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks. I left with a degree in Natural Resource Management and Policy and a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. I made my way back to New England to be close to my family. 

I have been a part of the Dublin community for some time now and am excited for the opportunity to share my passion of workmanship with students of my own. I am happy to help cultivate a sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with making something with one's own hands from start to finish. There's nothing better than being a part of the close knit community of the Dublin School and I'm so glad to be rooted here with my fiance and our son. 

What book has made you think the most?  Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels is a must read for anyone interested in a deeper investigation of the woods.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  Jim Merritt is a master cabinet maker and was my neighbor growing up. He took me under his wing when I was ten years old and taught me how to work with wood. He's a stern man with a quiet wit. He pushed me to think for myself and troubleshoot when I had technical questions. I've continued to take classes with him through adulthood. There's something special about having a mentor that has witnessed you through many life stages.

 What is your favorite place on campus and why?   My favorite place on campus is the Whitney Boathouse. It is situated on Dublin Lake looking directly at Mt. Monadnock. It is a special place to watch a sunset and always relaxes the mind.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  Go for a hike in the woods with my son, throw a line in Dublin Lake, and turn a midnight burl in the woodshop.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?  Pond hockey and anything that gets me outside.