In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today we are thrilled to introduce Dirk Weiss, Upper School English teacher.
Dirk is a third-generation, native San Franciscan and grew up in Saratoga before graduating with a B. A. in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz and an M. A. in Literature from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Before coming to San Domenico, he taught both Freshman Composition and Sophomore Argumentation at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In addition to teaching, Dirk served hitch in the US Coast Guard and spent 16 summers with the National Park Service. His hobbies primarily involve the arts (literature, film, and music) and outdoors (mountain biking and hiking). Here Dirk answers our Spotlight questions:
Dirk Alexander Weiss
Where were you born?
What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?
I am an English teacher, sophomore class moderator, and yearbook moderator. My favorite parts of my job are the people (students, faculty, and staff) and the opportunity to teach literature and writing.
Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service)
Community is my favorite part of the four Dominican values – I feel lucky to have known the students and faculty I have worked with at San Domenico, and the first week back is a particularly joyful time.
What is your ideal weekend?
My ideal weekend might include live music, a good movie, reading, hiking or biking with Jack my dog at the beach, and some time to relax with friends. The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park is another kind of ideal weekend for me!
Dirk, from your passionate sharing of literature, to your creative enthusiasm for building community and taking on new adventures, we are so grateful for you. Thank you for all you do here at San Domenico.