How does the APH teaching philosophy look in your classroom?
Learning doesn’t begin and end in school. It is a life-long journey where interests and focuses come and go. I craft my courses to reflect that idea by prioritizing skill development. Teaching at APH means having the ability to tailor curriculum to each class which promotes student interest and hones skills rather than just memorizing facts for a test. The best classes are the ones where everyone in the room (myself included) is learning from each other. This happens naturally at APH, and it is truly wonderful to witness.
What excites you about The Academy at Penguin Hall?
There is something about the beauty of this campus that makes me so excited to teach and learn.
Share something interesting about yourself.
I’m not sure how interesting this is, but I’ve been a skier since I was very young and I worked for a few years in my early 20s as a ski technician. I also enjoy mountain biking, being outdoors, playing soccer, reading, and writing. Currently, I live in Boston with my wife, Elyssa, and my one year-old son, Ethan. Together, we love exploring New England, cooking wonderful food, and growing vegetables.
Jim Barrett has a B.A. in History from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.