Enrichment Teacher and After-school Director
Dave was born and raised in beautiful and sunny Boulder, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007. After graduation, Dave began a path towards organic farming, working on small scale diversified vegetable and animal farms in Colorado and California. In 2011, he went back to school and received a certificate from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Ecology Horticulture and Sustainable Farm Management. It was there that Dave first fell in love with teaching by spending his free time working for at “Life Lab,” a non-profit farm and garden education program that brings elementary school children to the farm to get connected to the food system.
From California, Dave moved up to Williams, Oregon with my partner Julie Pacholik to become the Education Coordinator at a 63 acre non-profit farm, White Oak Farm and Education Center. For two years, he ran educational programming for children with a diverse age range, from 2-year-olds all the way up to 18-year-olds. The programming at White Oak Farm varied from summer camps to daily preschool to overnight field trips and a yearlong internship program.
In 2014, Vermont called Dave out east and he instantly fell in love with the community, the people, the weather, the culture and everything else that makes up Addison County. Before talking over lead duties at Bridge Bananas and as a Bridge School enrichment teacher, Dave work for two years at Bananas as a coordinator. He also worked as a paraprofessional at the Hannaford Career Center in the automotive, diesel and forestry classes, as well as a managing the farm at the north campus.