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Attracting Teaching Stars

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in 2014 Spring Issue, Archives, Head of School, In the Magazine | Comments Off

Attracting Teaching Stars

As educators, Nancy and I were treated like rock stars by Milton families and friends in Korea, China and Hong Kong last spring. Every educator deserves to feel like a rock star. Every teacher deserves to be celebrated for having chosen to teach. How do educators in the United States feel about their careers? In America, baby boomers answered the call to educate at rates ahead of any generation since. Today, 40 talented faculty members who have each been dedicated to Milton for more than 25 years are a source of our strength. How will we fill...

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Milton’s Culture Is Rooted in the Faculty

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in 2013 Fall Issue, Archives, Head of School, In the Magazine | Comments Off

Milton’s Culture Is Rooted in the Faculty

One thing I love about Milton, a characteristic that drew me here and connects me deeply, is the sense of accountability that alumni, students, faculty and staff feel for their own lives, and the life of the School. Daring to be true seems to be a standard we require of ourselves. How has this come to be? How does Milton nurture a culture centered on this value? I believe that for generations our faculty have modeled and fostered this value, and I am proud to preserve their legacy. Role models in my life were the people who cultivated in me a...

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On Purposeful Percolating

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in 2013 Spring Issue, Archives, Head of School, In the Magazine | Comments Off

On Purposeful Percolating

An article by Carolyn Johnson in the Boston Globe titled “The Joy of Boredom” made its way to my file because of how it highlighted two insightful thinkers. Richard Ralley and Ned Hallowell have written extensively about the danger of modern society’s fear of boredom. They argue that our desire to be stimulated, constantly, threatens our potential for creativity. Mr. Ralley, a lecturer at Edge Hill University in England, notes that, “The most creative people are known to have the greatest toleration for long periods of uncertainty and...

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Dare to Be True, the Version with Love

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in 2012 Fall Issue, Archives, Head of School, In the Magazine | Comments Off

Dare to Be True, the Version with Love

I don’t naturally fall into reflective rhythms during the year, and I relish the opportunity summer brings to slow down and reflect. Marlborough, New Hampshire, where my wife Nancy and I have been going since we were 18 years old, is one of those places that actually feels lost in time. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear some particularly apt reflections from the Right Reverend Mark Beckwith, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey. Bishop Beckwith talked about the fundamental balance between truth and love. Love and truth cannot separately...

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Daring to be honest

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in 2012 Spring Issue, Archives, Head of School, In the Magazine | Comments Off

Daring to be honest

Todd, did you realize that your collar is flying free, like a wing?” my friend asked. I had missed a collar button. We laughed. How many people had noticed my weird look that morning but didn’t want to embarrass me, or embarrass themselves? True friends will clue you in on a missed button, a piece of parsley in your teeth, the occasional need for a Tic Tac or—heaven forbid!—the advice to adjust your zipper altitude. Even these simple comments are not easy to offer or, sometimes, to receive. Respectful, honest friendships, however, help...

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My father’s gifts

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in 2011 Fall Issue, Archives, Head of School, In the Magazine | Comments Off

My father’s gifts

I arrived at Milton in 2009, but Milton was not new to me. My family’s legacy here is a source of pride. Few heads of school can claim that their existence is attributable to their school. My parents met and fell in love at Milton during the spring of their Class I year. Several members of the Class of 1958 claim that I am a gift from them to the Academy (though they may choose a less flattering term). Onward from that spring, my family’s journey is not a storybook tale. Many remember it more with a sense of sadness rather than joy. In the...

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