Tal co-founded the North Branch School in 2001. Prior to that he taught as an ESL teacher in Taiwan and for ten years at the Paideia School in Atlanta. At NBS he is headmaster and teaches writing, literature, humanities and history, ethics, art, theater, and edits the newsletter, The Current, and the student literary magazine, The Undercurrent.
In 2009 St. Martin's Press published Tal's book, A Room for Learning: The Making of a School in Vermont, which tells the story of the founding and first year of the North Branch School.
In addition, he publishes essays and musings on education, teaching learning on his blog, This Side of Panther Mountain.
Tal and his wife and fellow NBS teacher Rose McVay live in Ripton, Vermont, just down the road from the school, with dogs Wallace and Jasper and an assortment of bedraggled chickens.
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