Preparing Boys for Life

Meet the Faculty

Becca Davis

Becca Davis Upper School English

B.A. Goucher College, M.Ed. Johns Hopkins University, M.A. Middlebury College

Why I Teach

Through reading a great variety of literature, writing reflectively, and engaging in open discussion, I hope my students come to see more choices in their lives and to make thoughtful decisions that will best ensure their well-being and that of the world.

In the Field

Shakespeare and stories with “solas and sentence"

Fun Fact

I love to climb rocks.

Favorite Creators

Herman Melville, poet Elizabeth Bishop, novelist Mary Doria Russell, artist John Evans

Dan Keefe

Dan Keefe Upper School English

B.A. Wake Forest University, M.A. New York University


Why I Teach

I was going to be a ski bum, and Sister John Francis told me that the children of Baltimore needed me. I became an English teacher.

In the Field

The Jazz Age, film studies with a focus on Lee Marvinism, The Beats, Magic Realism

Favorite Author

J.R.R. Tolkien

Fun Fact

I taught English in Nagoya, Japan for a year.

Jesse Sataloff

Jesse Sataloff Upper School English

B.A. Washington and Lee University


Why I Teach

Growing up in a similar school community, the faculty were my family (literally and figuratively). It's in my blood.

In the Field

I'm hooked on words. My sophomore year English teacher (a self-proclaimed wordsmith) helped me find my passion for our language.

Favorite Authors

John Keats, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Bill Watterson

Tom Stambaugh '90

Tom Stambaugh Upper School English

B.A. Kenyon College, M.A. Middlebury College


Why I Teach

I believe that each of us needs a rich, lively intellectual life; I want to foster that life in our young men.

In the Field

Medieval and Renaissance literatures, classic and contemporary theater, journalism. Utility player.

Favorite Book

Recently, Marlon James’ Brief History of Seven Killings

Fun Fact

As a child, I wanted to be a stuntman.

Emily Harnett

B.A. University of Pennsylvania, M.A. Yale University

Why I Teach

Literature taught me how to think, and I love seeing kids get excited about their own ideas. 

In the Field

Literary journalism, modern poetry, Russian literature, 20th and 21st century American fiction. 

Favorite Authors

I've always had a complicated love for Vladimir Nabokov. More recently, the nonfiction writers John McPhee and Patricia Lockwood. 

Fun Fact

I once served coffee to Lou Reed.

Luqman Kolade

Luqman Kolade Upper School English

B.A. University of Pennsylvania, M.A. St. Joseph’s University
 

Why I Teach

I love the academic calendar, and kids are funny.
 

In the Field

Contemporary American lit., African-American lit., comics, music, Culture Vulture.
 

Fun Fact

I secretly want to be a tattoo artist.
 

Favorite Creators

Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, Quentin Tarantino, Kanye West

Taylor Smith-Kan

Taylor Smith-Kan Upper School English

B.A. Bates College, M.A. Middlebury College


Why I Teach

I love the energy of students. They make me laugh harder than any adult. Getting to share the thing I love (literature) with people who are seeing it for the first time allows me to relive the excitement and learn alongside them.

In the Field

Poetry, post-colonial literature, Chinese literature, creative writing

Favorite Book

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Fun Fact

I speak Mandarin - my thesis in college was a series of 20 original poems written in English and translated into Mandarin.