David Talcott and wife expecting a baby in February


David Talcott with wife, Susie, in Juneau, Ala.

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

While most teachers at Carlmont are solely focused on handling hundreds of students per day, physics teacher David Talcott has an additional factor to consider. In February 2014, Taclott and his wife, Susie, will be expecting their first child.

Like most people, Talcott has valued having children for most of his life, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. It [having children] just always seemed like something you were supposed to do,” said Talcott.

David Talcott with wife, Susie, in Juneau, Ala.
David Talcott with wife, Susie, in Juneau, Ala.

Like most expecting parents, Talcott is excited about becoming a father and all that comes with it.

Talcott stated, “I can’t wait to hold the baby for the first and install his car-seat into the car, even though I’ll probably screw up and my wife will correct me. I also want to teach him normal father-son things like how to play golf and throw a football. And I’m excited for him to know more physics than the average high school student.”

Even though he is enthusiastic for the birth of his son, Talcott does have natural reservations about the whole process.

“I’m nervous about the health and safety of my wife and child during childbirth. And I’m going to have to be a good role model and an adult all the time,” said Talcott.

Talcott also recognizes that when his son is born in February, he might have to consider taking time off for a paternity leave.

“The only factor that decides that is whether my wife and kid are healthy or not. But that being said, I don’t trust a substitute to teach physics for a long period of time. And a student’s job is to be present, so mine should be as well,” said Talcott.

Despite this, Talcott’s students believe that he will be an exceptional parent.

“Mr. Talcott is really chill and isn’t intimidating when you have to talk to him. I think he will be a really good and interesting parent because he is really funny and relatable,” said Mariko Kondo, a junior in Talcott’s physics class.

Carlmont junior Monica Bayasgalan reaffirms Talcott’s ability, “He’s really sarcastic and makes jokes all the time, but mostly he thinks likes us and makes learning the information so much more enjoyable.”

As for the name of the baby, Talcott and his wife are undecided, but are leaning towards a couple of names in particular, “We were thinking about naming him Nathan because it’s a biblical name and that’s the way our family has chosen names in the past. Quite literally, Nathan means King David’s son, so that would be perfect.”