Our Upper School teachers blend a passion for teaching with disciplinary expertise and a genuine compassion and affection for the young adults who are their students. Upper School students largely view their teachers as subject experts and mentors rather than authoritarian figures, a view that makes the ultimate transition to college much smoother.
80% of our Upper School teachers hold advanced degrees in addition to the baccalaureate degree, and almost half of those teachers hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study.
Ninth-Twelfth grade SPA mathematics teacher Mary Lincoln believes that teaching “is a calling; a profession where you feel this desire to work with others to help them learn a new concept or idea.” Lincoln has worked at SPA for 7 years and brings upwards of 30 years of mathematics teaching experience, including, most recently, a number of years at The Blake School. With a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Lincoln was “inspired to go into teaching” by several excellent mentors in her own academic life. Lincoln credits her amazing community of colleagues with helping to keep her “inspired to stay in teaching.” But it is her students that are the most important source of inspiration for Lincoln: “I love working with teenagers. I love learning from them and helping them. I firmly believe that it takes a village to raise a child and I appreciate being an important member of that village for a period in a teenager's life.” When she is not in the classroom, Lincoln enjoys gardening, biking, hiking and traveling.