Doenmez, Baran

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Clark University '11
Dublin School '07

After graduating from Dublin in 2007, I went on to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Clark University in 2011. At Clark I captained my college team in soccer and went on to play professionally in Switzerland before returning to New Hampshire to begin my coaching career. I have coached competitively at the youth level for nearly 10 years, served as an assistant coach at York High School in Maine, and hold the USSF "F", "E", and "D" coaching licenses.

What book has made you think the most? The focus of my major in college was Middle East politics of the 19th & 20th century and there were a few books that I read that made me question ideas that most of us hold to be true about the region. One in particular that I remember was Veiled Sentiments by Lila Abu-Lughod, in which the author spent months living with a Bedouin tribe studying their social systems. One issue she tried to explain was why women wear veils and it really made me rethink my views on the matter.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Other than any class I had with Mr. Weiss, I would probably say one of Dr. Doug Little's classes on Cold War Politics in college. I was and still am fascinated with the Cold War and never get tired of reading literature on the subject (including fiction).

What is your favorite place on campus and why? Having grown up on campus it's not easy to pick one but if I had to I would probably choose the Upper Field because I have so many great memories playing sports for Dublin, and the views from up there are amazing.

I am most happy when... I am either surrounded by friends and family or in the middle of an intense competitive game of soccer, tennis, golf, FIFA... you name it!

If I had a free afternoon I would... See if Mr. Wardlaw is up for a round of golf, finish a woodworking project at home, or head out for a walk with Max and Maple (my dogs).

Ortiz, Nicolas

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Universidad de la Frontera

I was born and raised in Temuco, Chile. Temuco is a medium-sized city in the Patagonia region in southern Chile. I moved to the US eleven years ago and lived in Arlington, MA with my wife, Megan, and our two daughters, Juliette and Zoe. I taught AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature at the MATCH charter high school in Boston, MA for ten years. I am very excited to join the team at Dublin to teach Spanish, coach soccer and lead the new Patagonia exchange program. It is very exciting to share my culture and country with Dublin students and facilitate the relationship with our partner schools in Patagonia.

What book has made you think the most? I read the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao last year and it made me think in a new way about the immigrant experience in the US and how the trauma and history of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic impacted their lives generations after leaving the island. Chile has a similar history with a dictator and oppression and it was interesting to think about it from a new perspective.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I attended a Montessori school in Chile for K-12. It was a small school, a little like Dublin, and I loved it. My favorite teacher was my Biology teacher, Vivian Hassen. She taught me how to be a better student, how to challenge myself and helped me really love learning and school.

How would your friends describe you in three words? funny, happy, grillmaster

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Anthropology

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I'm just getting to know the campus. I have always wanted to live on a lake and I think the boat house is my favorite spot so far. There is just something about sitting at the water's edge that is so relaxing and peaceful.

I am most happy when... eating delicious food, preferably roast lamb, with my family and friends.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? When I entered university after school I thought I wanted to be an engineer and studied engineering for two very long challenging years. I realized I wanted to work with people and not machines and had to start over towards a new degree. I think I gained very valuable life experience and learned many skills about how things work and how to fix things and solve problems even though I did not end up becoming an engineer.

If I had a free afternoon I would... go fishing with friends

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love fishing, going to the beach and playing soccer.