Aaron has been an educator since 2000 and he’s been at Allendale Columbia since 2005. He began working at AC as a long-term substitute teacher in fifth grade and moved to the Middle School full-time shortly after. Prior to joining AC, Aaron was a special education teacher at Steuben-Allegany BOCES and in the Bradford Central School District in Bradford, New York. He earned a Specialized Technology Degree in industrial design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education, with a focus on English, from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in gifted and talented education, from the University of Connecticut.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to share my love of reading, writing, and tabletop roleplaying games with my students. I love showing them that it's cool to be a geek or a nerd. The seventh-grade Pathfinder trip is also a significant annual event for me. Helping kids experience nature is a passion of mine.
What’s the best part about working at Allendale Columbia?
I appreciate the freedom to design my own curriculum and the support I have received for my tabletop roleplaying game program. I started collaborative storytelling (Dungeons & Dragons) with my students in English class in 2019. It evolved into elective classes for sixth, seventh, and eighth-graders, clubs, and May Term courses.
What’s your favorite hobby?
I am a constant reader. My favorite genres are horror, dark fantasy, and historical fiction and nonfiction. I also love tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Alien, Tales from the Loop, and The One Ring.
Share a fun or interesting fact about yourself.
I am working on climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks. I have done twelve so far.
What’s your favorite quote?
“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau