“There has never been a better time to be a teacher. Developments in neuroscience, organizational behavior, and leadership theory allow today’s teachers to design engaging, evidence-based learning experiences for students as never before. This blog represents my engagement with and reflections upon this educational landscape as a school leader and chronically curious learner who looks to put learning first in all ways at my school, Darrow School.” ~ Simon
Simon Holzapfel is Darrow’s 11th Head of School. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and media studies from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in American history from UMass Amherst. He has taught U.S. history, African-American history, economics, and politics and government at a number of schools, including Putney School, Killington Mountain School, Park School (where he was the History/English Department Chair), and Cambridge School (where he was the History Department chair). He joined Darrow School in 2007, serving as Director of Studies and economics teacher. In 2011, he was named Assistant Head of School and, in 2012, was elected by the Board of Trustees to succeed Nancy Wolf as Head following her retirement in June 2013.
Mr. Holzapfel is an avid bicyclist and cross-country skier. He and his wife, Amy, live on the Darrow campus in Whittaker House with their two children, Ezra, and June.