Dan Wales has over 20 years of teaching, coaching, and tutoring experience. He graduated with a BA in English Literature with a Writing Concentration from Georgetown University, studied abroad at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and earned his Master’s Degree from Duke University. Dan began his teaching career at Georgetown in Freshmen English classes and the college’s Writing Center then spent four years teaching in Washington, D.C. public, charter, and private schools. Dan moved to North Carolina in 2008 to study at Duke University, where he also taught for nine years before transitioning to teaching in North Carolina public and private schools. He is a Praxis I & II certified K-12 English/Writing teacher and holds multiple certifications as an ADHD Academic Coach and Learning Specialist.
Dan grew up splitting time between his parents in Jackson, MS, and Jackson Hole, WY, played baseball for the Jackson Giants, served as a wrangler for Jackson Hole Trail Rides, worked for Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis and Nomad Sports, and has skied at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort every year of his life since the age of two. Dan loves playing music, exploring nature and the great outdoors, coaching athletics, and learning together with young people. He specializes in teaching English Language Arts at the middle, high school, and collegiate levels, all forms of academic and creative writing, college essay, history/social studies, reading/phonics/spelling, chess, music (stringed instruments), Latin, and Biblical Hebrew, alongside a wide range of social sciences and humanities. Dan believes in developing strong relationships with students to empower and work alongside them as a teacher, coach, and mentor.