Before coming to OVS, Fred worked for two decades as a journalist for a number of California newspapers. His last stint was with the Los Angeles Times, where he worked as a metro reporter for 14 years covering immigration, agriculture, and government. Fred left the newsroom to become a full-time dad and joined OVS shortly thereafter. Fred developed the award-winning journalism program at the Upper Campus. In addition to his teaching and coaching assignments, he is stepping into a new role this fall as college counselor. Fred ran cross country and track at Cal State Fullerton, where he earned his degree in political science, and he remains an avid runner in perpetual training, most recently for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Boston Marathons.
When not in the classroom, I can be found
Running. Always running. Or walking the citrus ranch in Ojai where I live with my 13-year-old daughter, Alex, and a menagerie of dogs and cats.
What students call me
Mr. A (and a few unmentionables)
Adjectives that best describe my teaching style
Tough. Passionate. Enthusiastic. Inquisitive. Encouraging.
One thing students don’t know about me
I’ve become smitten with ceramics. I love the idea of making things from mud (this echoes lots of the stories we read in Humanities). And I love the idea of trying to make something beautiful in this world — and the idea that you can work and work and work on a piece, and in the end, it all goes wrong, and just collapses. And that’s ok. It’s about the process, and you learn as much by your failures as you do your successes.