About Culum Walsh

Culum grew up in Denver, Colorado, and he graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature.

The most memorable part of his college experience was his junior year abroad in Seville, Spain, where he lived with a host-family and two American students. He’ll never forget how relatively small his world view was when he left, and how much bigger it was when he returned.

He lived abroad two more times in his adult life: as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and as a beach hotel administrator in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. The latter was more about surfing than hotel administration!

In the Dominican Republic, he discovered that whatever he did with his life, post-Peace Corps, had to make a difference in the world. This value manifested as a 21-year teaching career, plus an M.A. in Teaching Foreign Languages from the University of Northern Colorado.

His first teaching position was 6-12 Spanish for 7 years at Kent Denver School, a private, college preparatory school in Englewood, Colorado. He moved on to the opposite end of the socioeconomic spectrum, and taught ESL for 6 years at Manual High School, a public, inner-city school in Denver, serving low-income and minority students. The final stop of his teaching journey was 8 years as an English Teacher at the Denver Center for International studies, a 6-12 magnet school with a strong focus on “the other,” featuring trips abroad, six world languages, and international social studies offerings.

Culum is an endurance and outdoor athlete. He has completed two marathons, two triathlons, and several long-distance road rides. He loves to telemark and backcountry ski, paddleboard, open-water swim, mountain bike, and surf.

He currently lives in Thornton, Colorado, with his wife, Katherine, and her two daughters, Rennah and Metta. They play in the mountains every chance they get!

Fun Facts About Culum

-He can hold his own on the Latin dance floor.

-He grew up in Colorado, but didn’t learn to ski until he was 40.

-He coached hundreds of adults individually and in group seminars for Landmark Worldwide.

-He thinks all of his jokes are funny, but his wife does not.

Why Academic Life Coaching?

Because it’s fun! I love 7th and 8th graders for the relative “craziness” of their stage of life. I taught 7th grade English for 7 years, and I loved that my students would say anything to me. I never knew what I was going to get, and my job was never boring. One day, it was like interacting with a group of wise 35 year-olds, and the next day they were throwing tantrums over an essay assignment. I was always entertained. And to see them experience academic success, in spite of their developmental challenges, was deeply rewarding.

As an Academic Life Coach, I get to foster their success in a new way – by helping them identify what they really want in school and life, and design action steps to achieve it.

What is great about Denver?

It’s close to the mountains! And my parents and brothers live here.

Offers coaching :

-for 7th and 8th graders

-in Spanish or English

-in person in the Denver Metro Area, within a 15-minute drive of Thornton

-vía videoconference for farther away, nationally and internationally

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