In between high school and college, Cotter worked a construction job at home before traveling throughout Europe. While in college, he completed an Alpine Mountaineering Leadership course through Outward Bound, and after graduation, spent a summer hiking the Pacific Crest Trail before beginning his career as an educator.
Cotter has been a teacher and administrator in independent schools for the last 14 years. He has taught English, history, and human development, coached cross country, led countless outdoor education trips, and chaperoned student groups in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Senegal, and China.
He has an undergraduate degree from Boston College, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
He spent a semester teaching in Switzerland and considers it to be one of the most influential experiences of his life. Cotter’s motto is “learn by doing,” and he enjoys hiking and backpacking, building furniture, and exploring new places.