“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.”
– Albert Camus, French Philosopher

Dr. Thurber has been inspiring active learning since 1985, when he began teaching swimming in South Portland, Maine. Today, Dr. Thurber engages youth leaders and professional educators around the world in the exciting process of their own professional development. “Learning lasts when we create and collaborate,” he says. “That’s why I invite discussion, laughter, writing, and role plays in my work with independent schools.”

Dr. Thurber is a favorite presenter at conferences such as TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) and NAIS (The Association of Independent Schools). Each year, his workshops on Preserving Professional Teacher-Student Boundaries, Cracking Kids’ Secret Code, Managing Stress Before it Manages You, Collaborative Problem Solving, Appreciative Inquiry and Working with Difficult Parents are in high demand worldwide. Contact Dr. Thurber.

In addition to aquatics, Dr. Thurber has coached numerous teams, taught elementary school French, and co-instructed undergraduate courses in linguistics and adolescent development. He now teaches the Introduction to Psychology course for seniors at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Click a category below to learn more about the workshops I provide to schools.


Boost faculty and staff confidence with clear best practices for professional boundaries.

Health Services

Engage in a process consultation for a constructive analysis of your school's health center.


These workshops inspire faculty and staff to take initiative and reach clear goals.


Build cross-cultural agility in your day and boarding students with engaging, inspiring workshops.

Residential Life

Learn strategies to treat homesickness, resolve conflicts, and improve boarders' social skills.


Challenge yourself and your colleagues to decode the subtext of speech and body language.