Jasper Starfire Thelin, born at The Red House in Forest Knolls, San Geronimo Valley in the Lagunitas Creek watershed.
His early education was at the Open Classroom on the upper campus of Lagunitas School. Jasper then attended our very own Drake High School, graduating in 1987, where he played baseball, basketball, and football, took four years of Drama, was sophomore class president and edited the Sports and Feature pages of the Jolly Roger.
Subsequently he graduated from University of California at Santa Cruz with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts, with Porter College honors. He did his teacher credential work at Dominican University, and holds Single Subject Teacher credentials in English and in Art.
With his magnificent wife Mia Terziev, he has two splendid children: son Cyrus Luckyedenmoonstardance Ronald Nicolay Terziev Thelin, and daughter Willow Hazel Dragonfern Terziev Thelin. A key event in Jasper's life which helped him learn to appreciate each moment of life was when had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 1997.
Jasper first became interested in working with young people through directing theater and summer camps. He still directs with Ross Valley School District's YES Theater Program, and has also been a counselor, teacher and performance coordinator Camp Winnarainbow since 1992 as well as being the program director at Camp Eureka in north Idaho, and Camp Avary. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Project AVARY; Alternate Venture for At Risk Youth, which is a camp for kids whose parents are or have been incarcerated.
Jasper is the club advisor for Drake's most robust club, Game Club, and can often be found playing trading card game Magic: The Gathering. The club meets each Tuesday and Thursday at lunchtime in room 507. Anyone can come to club meetings any time; in addition to Magic, we play Chess, Diplomacy, Munchkin, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Operation, and whatever other games members want to play.