Staff Spotlight: Alex Coffin

Josh Goldbach07 Mar, 2016

By Josh Goldbach, associate director

Name: Alex CoffinAT Bio

University Attended: Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Mathematics from Colgate University.

Years with AT: This will be Alex’s 2nd year with Adventure Treks. 

Favorite AT activity: Rock Climbing

What do you do when you’re not working for AT? I am a high school math teacher. This is my second year teaching at a public high school in Peabody, MA. I teach geometry and algebra to freshman and sophomores. I also tutor math at a nearby college.

What’s your favorite AT memory? My favorite memory happened last summer at evening meeting. After a fun day of mountain biking and climbing, everyone was tired. Our TL Kaitlin surprised everyone with a high energy game that ended in an epic dance party. It was a great way to end a day with smiles and laughter, instead of slogging though the evening.

What keeps you coming back to AT? The community. The students and instructors I had last year formed a phenomenal group. Obviously, being an AT instructor involves a lot of long days and hard work, but most of the time it felt like I was just hanging out with friends, doing activities that I love. It was rewarding to see the group bond and individual students grow. It also gave me the opportunity to explore a part of the country that I had never been to before.  

What’s your favorite outdoor activity? Rock climbing!

What’s your favorite personal adventure that you’ve ever taken? I went canyoneering last April in the Canyonlands of Utah, which was a mix of anchor building with natural materials and clambering through tight slot canyons. We were in a fairly remote area, so I felt like I was the first explorer to set foot in the area. The canyoneering felt a lot like caving, but even better because the canyons were warm and light. I’m also a huge fan of the desert landscape.

Tell us something unique about you. I’ve had the hiccups for the last eight years; however, I only hiccup once or twice an hour. Also, I know how to ride a unicycle.



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