Jacob once spent two weeks on a platform in a redwood tree, to protest the logging of old growth forests. For three years he taught English for the British Center and Berlitz in Rome, Italy. During his time in Italy he retraced the route of an ancient Roman road, the Appian Way, on a bicycle.
Jacob earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and his teaching credential from Cal State Northridge. He has taught biology at three high schools in Los Angeles. This is Jacob’s first year at Larchmont.
Where did you go to school and what was your major?
UC Santa Cruz—Environmental Studies
What is your highest degree held?
B.A. Environmental Studies
Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I was deeply influenced by several excellent teachers during middle school and high school. I went to Italy to teach English and had a blast!
How long have you been teaching/working in education?
I’ve been working on and off in education-related fields for about 7 years, but only 3 of these years were full-time teaching in a traditional classroom.
What is your favorite thing about LCS?
LCS feels more like a solid community than any other place I’ve ever taught. The staff go out of their way to help one another and support the students. Creating an environment like LCS is a rare achievement, and one that the world desperately needs.
What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
My favorite book in 7th grade was really three books: The Lord of the Rings trilogy.