Weekend respite dorm parent Dan Chamberlin graduated Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Philosophy and Fiction. Before joining Oliverian, he worked as a House Parent at a small private boarding school in Michigan. There, he discovered his passion for working with teenagers and came to appreciate the one-on-one nature of Oliverian’s educational model, including its small class sizes, tailored educational experiences, and high level of care.
In his free time, Dan loves to read, write short fiction and poetry, take care of his two cats Trouble and Copper, and play computer or board games.
What motivates you to work with kids?
“I like working with kids because in many ways I still am one. I love helping them overcome their challenges and I love hanging out with them, just playing board games or watching movies. Working with these kids keeps me grounded in the present and makes me excited about the future.
“I also love the kinds of kids we get to work with at Oliverian. I was diagnosed with ADD late in life. My diagnosis explained so many of the struggles I had growing up. I am grateful I can work with kids like me and hopefully help them to learn from my mistakes and victories. I like being able to go back in time, if you will, and keep kids from falling into the same traps I did.”