B.A., Bowdoin College
Peter J. Caldwell is in his ninth year as Head of School of Morristown-Beard School, the latest highlight of a long and varied career in education.
The son of two independent schoolteachers, Peter grew up on the boarding school campus where his parents taught (The Putney School in Vermont). After graduating from The Putney School, he chose to attend to Bowdoin College, where he played soccer and skied cross-country while earning a dual degree in history and music.
A life-long educator, Peter began his career at Vermont Academy. There, he taught history, coached a variety of sports, and served as Dean of Students. Following this worthy experience, Peter pursued and earned his Masters Degree at Harvard University. Upon graduating from Harvard, he became Director of Admission at Riverdale Country School. After his time at Riverdale, Peter next served as Assistant Headmaster at St. Andrew’s School, where he and his wife, Darcy (now an English Department faculty member at MBS), raised their family.
The extended Caldwell Family features a number of educators in addition to Peter, Darcy, and Peter’s parents. In fact, Darcy’s parents served as college professors at Harvard and Holy Cross, and Darcy and Peter’s twins now teach at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Needless to say, many holiday meals and family functions revolve around the latest educational trends and pedagogy.
Installed as Head of School of Morristown-Beard School on November 4, 2011, Peter was drawn to MBS because of its warm and inclusive environment. It was clear to him that Morristown-Beard truly embodied the type of academic institution where faculty members care deeply about the development, both academically and socially, of each of their students. Today, what Peter loves most about MBS is that students engage fully in their own education and work diligently with the outstanding faculty while also maintaining a healthy balance of academic rigor and the pursuit of individual passions… all within a community that both stretches and supports them.
An avid reader, skier, hiker, and cellist, Peter and his family enjoy visiting their home in Putney, Vermont, when free moments arise.