Phone: (360) 378-5215
Degrees and Certifications:
BA English Literature Middlebury College BA Studio Art Middlebury College Secondary English Cert Fort Lewis College
Mr. Daniel Garner
I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI (Titletown, USA, toilet paper capitol of the world) where I grew up hunting, fishing, sailing and working in my family's limestone mill. At 13, I went to high school in New York, and there, began writing poetry and getting into ridiculous, unwinnable debates with my friends. When I was 16, I sailed across the Atlantic ocean with my dad, brother and two friends. It was there, in the middle of that vast ocean, right in the middle of a huge storm, that I realized just how insignificant I was in comparison to how huge nature was, and I fell in love with the world for the first time. I also became attuned to how fragile life is. I went to Middlebury College in Vermont for my undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Studio Art. I specialized in engraving metal by hand. While there, I made ends meet by shearing sheep in the winter and working as crew on sailboats in Europe during the summers. After graduation, I decided that I needed to become a farmer and so, naturally, moved to Hawaii where I grew water lilies and lotuses, kept bees, milked goats and managed a taro farm. I spent my free time spear fishing, free diving and hunting wild boars. Needing a break from paradise, I then moved to Colorado where I managed a business collecting and restoring antique printing presses in Silverton, a teeny town at 9800 feet elevation. Additionally, I met my wife Kimberly there. One night, deep in winter, I woke up and I knew that I had to become a teacher, so I did. This will be my 10th year teaching English, though in my last school, I also taught Aerospace Design and coached an Engineering team to three world championships at NASA. Last year, I moved up here from Durango, CO with my wife and my two kids, Auden and Flora.
I’m looking forward to an amazing year!
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