From: Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA
Arrived: January 1, 2013
I have been a science teacher in the United States for ten years in a variety of settings from living and teaching in a San Diego, California state park to urban, inner cities. I have taught all disciplines of science but my favorite subject to teach has always been environmental science. I have always tried to teach in a dynamic, engaging fashion with the hope of inspiring learners to become stewards of the earth. I have had a zoo in my classroom, worked with Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots organization, conducted numerous camping trips with students, and organized many community outreach efforts like selling bio-tea fertilizer at markets or beach & wetland clean-ups. In 2007, I accepted a teaching position at an international school in Phuket. I instantly fell in love with the people, the culture, the natural beauty and, of course, the wonderful food. It was at that time that I became interested in sustainable, integrated aquaculture after witnessing mangrove forest destruction due to shrimp farms and large-scale development. I had to return to the United States after a year. I was intrigued with fish farming and I started to pursue opportunities in aquaculture both in America and back in Thailand. I permanently moved to Thailand and married my longtime Thai girlfriend in July, 2012. Through synchronicity, I discovered Rak Tamachat Natural Living Education Center and made the decision to be a practitioner of Permaculture in January, 2013. As a Permaculture practitioner, I am guided by one of the core Lifestyle Beliefs at Rak Tamachat, which is “Live it, Learn it, Prosper.” I work hard to manifest this belief. I have learned how to make natural products and wine. I am fascinated with gardening and make an effort to get dirty everyday. My culinary curiosity drives me to learn new recipes, be it from my wife, Rak Tamachat family or a new guest. Currently, I am an instructor and heading up the water /aquaculture systems at Rak Tamachat. The fish are here. They are getting bigger. And, I couldn’t be happier!