Zach teaches world history and U.S. history, and he serves as the outdoor education coordinator at the Upper Campus – organizing and leading trips throughout the school year. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas. Beyond his academic pursuits, he has applied his teaching talents to instruction in outdoor activities, including swift water rescue and wilderness medicine. He has taught skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and led ropes course activities. When not in the classroom, he can be found on the climbing wall, in the field scouting for new trips, or leading students in outdoor activities, including surfing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, river rafting, and rock climbing.
What students call me
I am new to OVS, but in the past, it was Mr. Z, or Mr. B.
A lot of my swift-water rescue students referred to me as “The River Otter.”
Favorite place to climb in the world
Yosemite Valley. There are endless slabs of granite.
One thing students don’t know about me
I play the mandolin, and was once a mandolin player for Rock ’n’ Roll band!
Favorite book and why
Undaunted Courage, which is Stephen Ambrose’s chronicles of the diaries and journals of Lewis and Clark during their 1803-1805 journey through the Louisiana Purchase. It was newly acquired land, and their exploration brought a lot of new contact. They traveled along a lot of rivers I have guided on, so I have some personal history in those area. Oh, and I also read the Game of Thrones series before it became super popular.