Polk Deters

Polk Deters

Grade 6 Teacher, Science and Math
MAT, High School & Middle School Science, Lewis & Clark College
B.A., Environmental Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Middle School

Polk Deters teaches Grade 6 Science and Math and has been at Carolina Day since 2022. Polk moved to Asheville in 2005 after initially being drawn to the area from his camp experience in the 80s.  He is an experienced and energetic educator with 15 years of classroom experience in addition to a long background of outdoor education and instruction. He has two children who attend Carolina Day, both in the lower school and the middle school.

Get to know Polk Deters:

How would you describe your classroom? 

Energetic, constantly learning, curious, and student driven.

What books and authors inspire you, your curriculum, and your classroom? Why?   

I think in general, books that have adventure and curiosity as a theme tend to invite me in the most. The Wild Trees by Richard Preston is a great example. It all starts with some amateur scientists who have a passion for redwoods and are curious about what’s up in the canopy. What they discovered has completely changed the way ecologists consider tall trees’ role in the larger ecosystems. 

What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? 

A mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it.

What personal passion brings balance to your life? 

As far as activities go, kayaking and mountain biking are my two favorite things to do. Kayaking in particular has brought me an incredible community, has fulfilled my sense of adventure, and brought me to places that are some of the most beautiful in the world.  Traveling, particularly to new places, always fills the soul. When I am at home, I enjoy working in the yard, cooking and spending time with family and friends.