By Jose Obregon
The Dragon sat down with the man himself to find out where he’s from, where he’s going, and his current level of proudness in d.tech students.
Q: How was your High School and College experience?
I went to a small high school in Idaho, where we had known our classmates since kindergarten. It was only 41 of us. College was similar, it was a small college, I had two choices – one was a full ride scholarship to [The College of Idaho], or Pepperdine in Malibu.
Q: Are you from Idaho?
Q: What did you do before coming to d.tech?
I was Assistant Principal At Capuchino High School, and before I was a doctoral student at Stanford.
Q: Why did you want to start a school like d.Tech?
Traditional schools were focusing on the wrong thing, and they didn’t expect a lot from students. I want people to make a change while in school. Traditional schools think that students make the change after high school.
Q: Because you went to a small school, did you want d.Tech to be small?
Yes. Because Ms.Cerra and I both went to small schools, we wanted d.Tech to be small. We wanted everyone to know each other pretty well.
Q: How hard was it to start d.Tech?
Really hard. Hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Q: Why do you use empathy?
Because it’s essential to the design process, you need to know your user needs. I also feel that if we get to a place where everyone has empathy, this school will be a great place for people to come to. I also like proving people wrong.hey expect teenagers to not be empathetic, but they actually can have empathy. And it’s cool to show people.
Q: How have we, students, changed your life?
I can’t imagine my life without d.tech, can’t think of working at other school. The people, the staff all highlight part of me and help me grow. Like Nicole Cerra – she’s a good listener, and that helps me be a better listener, and students – seeing them do something cool. I get to hope that the world can be a better place, like the collage that you and Elliot made. It makes me realize that this is an amazing project.
Q: Are you proud of us?
Yes; I’m disappointed at this moment, because of the camping trip, but overall I’m fully confident we will get back. Overall, I am proud of d.Tech.
Q: What happened on the camping trip?
People did stuff, because they knew they could get away with it. That drives me crazy, because we put you there where we want to trust people, and they take advantage of everything. I’m confident that people care about the community, and will help [rebuild it].
Q: What do you think people will say about d.tech in 10 years?
The best school in the country, then in another five, in the world.
Q: Do you plan to stay here with us for the next 10 years?
Yes, I will be involved in some way.
Q: What do you want every single student or member of the d.tech community to remember you as?
I hope they don’t remember me, just the school. I really don’t care. I want them to remember to say that four years at this school had a positive impact. Or [that I’m] the last Vanilla Ice fan.