MFA, Performance Studies, New School University, MS, School Counseling, Oregon State University
I was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in many different cultures throughout the world. I consider myself a third culture kid (now adult) on many levels. I graduated high school from Staples High School in Westport, CT and usually respond with this when asked "where are you from". After graduating high school I took a year off and spent most of that time chasing snow storms and skiing. I eventually landed at New England College in Henniker, NH where I graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts. Not knowing what I was going to do next, I enrolled in the Actors Studio, MFA program at The New School University. At the Actors Studio I met many wonderful theatre practitioners and honed my skill and craft in storytelling. Those three years were full of adventure and learning where I gained mastery in the performing arts.
Shortly after graduation my wife and I moved to Lusaka, Zambia where I used my craft to develop intervention tools addressing HIV/AIDS, stigma, and knowledge while working with orphaned children. That one year has lead to 14 years of working in various capacities in Zambia and is a place I consider my second home. While in Zambia I learned about and witnessed the power of education.
Returning from Zambia to pursue a second masters degree in Counseling, I landed at Oregon State University. I truly loved my time at Oregon State. After graduating from Oregon State my wife and I took positions at Keene State College where I taught for the past 9 years. During this time I combined my passion in theatre and counseling in the development of intervention tools addressing social issues topics such as drug and alcohol use, sexual assault, veterans health, and mental health.
Now at Dublin School I am excited to start a new adventure. I truly believe all who wander are not lost. I am excited to be a part of the Dublin community where I get to bring my vast experiences to the students and community at large. Things I've learned along the way are to live the life YOU'VE always dreamed of! Be fearless in the face of adversity, and never stop learning, questioning, and exploring. Lastly, make everyday count for we don't know what the future holds, and the only guarantee we ever really have is the present moment.
What book has made you think the most? It wasn't a book but a play. The title: Angels In America by Tony Kushner. It literally changed my life and projection when I read it.
How would your friends describe you in three words? Funny, Adventurous, Curious
What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? In college I had to take an art elective and decided to take an acting class. From this experience I changed my major from business to theatre and began investigating the nuances and complexities of the human condition.
What is your favorite place on campus and why: Its hard to say just one place but I love the outing club building and the view of the alpine training hill it has.
I am most happy when... I am spending time with the ones I love, especially my family. Most of the time this encompasses outdoor adventures in the mountains, skiing and I especially cherish the time I get on the lift with my kids laughing, telling jokes, or reviewing alpine racing tactics. We also love exploring different cultures and expanding our understanding of the world we live in, and the cultures we interface with.
If I had a free afternoon I would... Spend it in the woods or skiing with my kids.
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Alpine skiing, hiking, exploring, and just breathing!