Paul Cooke attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Geography and then a Master of Arts in Experiential Education. He also met his wife, Melinda, in Boulder, and they both became outdoor educators and have been teaching together ever since.
He has taught outdoor education and science in Colorado, Indonesia, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Washington DC. His hobbies include gardening, paddle boarding, mountain biking and xc skiing with the family husky, Luna.
Paul has three children – his son and eldest daughter are alumni of Blue Oak School and his youngest daughter is currently attending the middle school. Blue Oak School’s progressive approach, small class size, emphasis on social-emotional/learning and unique elective, summer and after-school programs help make it an exciting place to teach.
“It is refreshing to work in a school where faculty and students are focused on the joy of learning without the stress of standardized testing. Blue Oak’s small classes and block scheduling allow me to conduct student-centered, hands-on learning experiences in science.”
Previously taught at:
- University of Colorado, Boulder -Outdoor Program
- Colorado Outward Bound School- Instructor alpine mountaineering courses
- North Jakarta International School, Jakarta Indonesia- Athletic Director
- Elgin Academy, Elgin IL- Upper School Environmental Science
- Town School for Boys, San Francisco CA- 7th and 8th-grade science
- Warren Walker School, Las Vegas NV- 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th-grade sciences
- National Cathedral School, Washington DC- 8th-grade science
- BA – Geography with an emphasis in environmental conservation from University of Colorado, Boulder
- MA – Experiential Education from University of Colorado, Boulder