Jackson, Jesse

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AS Vincennes University
BS Indiana University

Science Department

Whether I am bombing down the trails on my mountain bike or finding myself knee-deep in a wetland performing a WQI test, I think the best way to learn is by immersing yourself in the experience. This philosophy has led me to mountaintops, river rapids, punk rock bands, summer camps, environmental education centers, and most recently, teaching Introduction to STEM at Dublin School. From my youth in the hills of Indiana, to my adulthood in the slightly bigger hills of the Monadnock region, I've explored, taught, climbed, traveled, biked, created, built, worked, and through it all have never stopped learning. As Joseph Campbell said in "The Power of Myth" -"Follow your bliss"! I am so grateful to be a part of the Dublin Community to continue to teach and learn!

What book has made you think the most? There is a long list of books that have made me think, most recently 'Demon Haunted World' by Carl Sagan.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Alan Ewert, my mentor/professor at Indiana University. He brought me to the mountains for the first time, and helped me realize that I was a leader.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Hopefully they would use 3 positive words.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  Write, play guitar, go for a run, climb a mountain, read, drink some tea, go for a bike ride, listen to music. I'd probably not fit all of them into one afternoon, but I could try.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Choose one? I think not! I enjoy running, biking, hiking, canoeing and chasing my daughter around as she explores the world.

Phinney, Jonathan

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 I grew up in the Monadnock Region, and hold dearly the natural beauty we take for granted.  

I am constantly enthralled by the power of words to describe the infinite variety of human experience, and by the experience created by words themselves. I studied English and Writing at UNH, though I am fascinated by almost every other subject. I took an Intro to Marine Biology course my senior year and believe that, had I taken it sooner, I would have changed my major. I feel the same way about an oil painting class I took the semester before. While writing, and teaching writing, are my passions, I believe this diversity of interests prepared me well to be a tutor here at Dublin.  

I have lived on the NH seacoast, in San Jose, California, and even, for a semester of college, in Southern India. I have come full circle, to live again in the shadow of Monadnock. This area is special. I consider myself lucky to live just down the road from Dublin, in Harrisville, with my wonderful daughter, Amelia.

What book has made you think the most? The Magus, by John Fowles

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Mike O'Leary. He was my favorite High School English teacher. He encouraged inquiry and original thinking. He valued and sought difference of opinion, and pushed students to think deeply and work to articulate their differences.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a screenwriting class in grad school that was actually a form and technique workshop in fiction writing. Each week, four students would write a scene and a synopsis for a movie. Each would choose fellow students to act in our scenes, serving as director for the performance, held right in the classroom. It was messy and fun and chaotic, and turned out to be a great way to get inside the process of conceiving, visualizing, and dramatizing a story.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Listen to mid-career John Coltrane and drink really good coffee, maybe read a little Jack Gilbert.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love a challenging hike, where the change in altitude or terrain reveals changes in the landscape.