Jesse W.
Dean of 8th Grade, 8th Grade English, 9th Grade & Honors English, Sports, Surf Team jessew@sbms.org

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Jesse Wooten

I am the 8th grade Dean and the Upper School English teacher. I also teach Chess, Lacrosse, and co-coach the Surf Team. A Santa Barbara native and alumnus of Santa Barbara Middle School (class of ’90), I feel blessed to be working and living within the loving community that is created by the teachers, alums, and families of our incredible school. Having attended college on the East Coast (Dartmouth ’97), lived in three foreign countries, and traveled to over twenty-five more, I have worked hard to see the world and always strive to bring my experiences home to the students of Santa Barbara Middle School.

As a family of educators (my wife, Lara, teaches at Cold Spring School), our ultimate goal as teachers and parents (our son, Luke, was born March 30th, 2012) is to empower young adults with the means to formulate their own ideas, express them effectively, and live them fully. I abide by Gandhi’s wisdom: “True happiness is when what you believe, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Personally, I am truly happy as a teacher/administrator at Santa Barbara Middle School.