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.
Philip de Sa e Silva
Philip de Sa e Silva joined the SPA faculty in 2013 as an English teacher. Mr. de Sa e Silva graduated from Harvard cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a certification in teaching. Prior to joining the SPA community, he worked with students as a tutor in the Harvard Extension School Writing Center. He was also an advisor in the Harvard Summer School Secondary School program and a teaching intern and health educator for Boston Public Schools. Mr. de Sa e Silva’s English and literature specialties range vastly. He teaches sophomores, juniors and seniors in the US English Department classes such as American Literature, New Global Voices, British Literature, Visual Narrative, Short-Form Literature, and Poetry. His interests outside of school include reading, classical music, and comedy.