Dan Karbousky

STEM teacher, Assistant Cross Country Coach
California Polytechnic University, BS
email: daniel.karbousky [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 545-1770 x3417

After earning his BS in mathematics and his teaching credential from Cal Poly SLO, Dan taught 7th and 8th grade for two years at a private, Catholic, and bilingual K-12 school in Juticalpa, Honduras. After deciding that he didn't want to live in Honduras for the long-haul, he flew back to Santa Rosa, his hometown. His friend, who was the assistant cross-country coach at Sonoma Academy, picked him up at the airport, and on the drive home told him that SA had a last-minute teaching position open for math. Now, after many years at SA, he is still loving learning, interacting with students, collaborating with colleagues, and taking on new challenges.

Dan’s favorite class to teach is Calculus because it is the pinnacle of mathematics in that it requires the students to use everything they have learned in their previous math classes to understand concepts that Leibniz and Newton discovered 300 years ago. He loves working at SA because he appreciates the resources, opportunities for both students and faculty, student-teacher relationships, intimate community, and the beautiful setting of the school. He loves arriving on campus early in the morning when no one else is around because the sun is rising above the hills, the fog is lingering in the little valley beyond the soccer field, and the city of Santa Rosa below is still waking up.

When people ask him what Sonoma County and Sonoma Academy are like, he likes to tell this anecdote: "A student once told me that they left their computer and a bag of kale from our garden on a bench on campus and left for a couple of minutes. Upon returning, guess what was gone? The bag of kale."
"A student once told me that they left their computer and a bag of kale from our garden on a bench on campus and left for a couple of minutes. Upon returning, guess what was gone...the bag of kale."

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