Matthew Peer

Director of Upper School

Matthew was named director of Upper School in 2014 after serving as director of student life since 2010 and men's lacrosse coach from 2012-2014. Prior to his work at Darlington, he taught history, worked in the Dean's Office and coached football, hockey, and lacrosse at Avon Old Farms in Connecticut and the Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire. Matthew holds a B.A. in Sociology from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Jessica, a teaching assistant in Darlington's Early Learning Academy, live on campus and are the parents of Jackson (’24) and Ella ('27).

Boys M.S. Lacrosse

Assistant Coach

College Education
M.A. Wesleyan University
B.A. St. Lawrence University

Save the Date: 'Raising Gritty, Resilient Kids' on Nov. 27

Academic Administration | Matthew Peer, November 14, 2017
Renowned educational psychologist, Dr. Jed Applerouth, founder and CEO of Applerouth Tutoring and Test Prep will speak to parents at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in Thatcher Hall on “Raising Gritty, Resilient Kids.”

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Holst joins Upper School counseling team

September 21, 2017
Alli Holst, a new personal counselor at the Upper School, is no stranger to Darlington. She served as an interim counselor at the start of the 2016-17 school year and is the wife of Assistant Director of Boarding Admission Nathan Holst.

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Willerson hired as Upper School history teacher, coach

September 20, 2017
Jared Willerson is teaching history at the Upper School in addition to serving as head volleyball coach and assistant boys' basketball coach.

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Owens hired to teach Spanish at Upper School

August 27, 2017
Reid Owens has joined the Darlington Community as a Spanish teacher at the Upper School this year. His four years of teaching experience include serving as an adjunct instructor and graduate instructor at the University of Alabama as well as teaching English to native Spanish speakers in Grenada Spain.

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Kuckhoff to teach Upper School Physics

August 23, 2017
Barbara Kuckhoff will teach physics at the Upper School. No stranger to Darlington, she and her husband, Eric, are the parents of Thomas ('09), Robert ('12) and Katie.

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Garth-Fielder to teach Upper School English

August 23, 2017
Chloe Garth-Fielder, a new English teacher at the Upper School, brings with her nearly 30 years of experience in the classroom. She recently relocated to Rome from Jackson, Miss.

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Clark to teach Upper School English

August 15, 2017
Samuel Clark will teach English at the Upper School and assist with crew and lacrosse. This will be Clark’s first teaching job, though he brings much experience with him from coaching various sports, counseling and directing at camps, assisting with drama programs and participating in many forms of journalism.

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Wagshuls join Darlington staff

July 1, 2016
Jon and Nan Wagshul will be joining the Darlington Community this fall, having recently relocated from San Antonio. Jon will serve as chairman of the Upper School history department, and Nan will be the admissions associate in the Admission Office. They have one daughter, a rising Darlington sophomore named Grace.

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Manning ('16) named Optimist Club Student of the Year nominee

February 24, 2016
Senior Hunter Manning has been nominated to represent Darlington in the Rome Noon Optimist Club Student of the Year competition in the All-Around Student category.

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"Shadowing" project among highlights at boarding school conference

January 9, 2016
A student-shadowing exercise from Darlington's 2014-15 school year took center stage last month at The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Annual Conference in Boston. ELA-8 Director Hope Jones and Upper School Director Matthew Peer co-presented on their experiences in a session titled “What you can learn by shadowing a student.”

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