Fred is a passionate, creative teacher with over 15 years’ experience in the world of education. Born in France, he has been a devoted linguist and world traveler since childhood, mastering French at an early age and taking on Mandarin as part of McGill University’s East Asian Studies program. Prior to relocating to Durango, he built Chinese language programs at independent schools in Pennsylvania and Boston, led numerous student and faculty trips to China, and spent a year studying Mandarin at Peking University in Beijing. Most recently, Fred was Director of Academic Technology at the Rivers School, where he spearheaded a cutting-edge iPad program. A seasoned musician, Fred has also performed professionally for almost 20 years, playing mandolin and guitar in a variety of projects. His hobbies include coffee roasting, videography, backcountry skiing, and herbalism.