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.
M.A. Ceramics & Printmaking, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.F.A. Ceramics & Sculpture, University of Minnesota
Daryn Lowman teaches in the Middle and Upper School art department. After receiving his B.A. in art from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Mr. Lowman went on to complete his M.A. in ceramics and printmaking from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Minnesota. He was first introduced to the SPA community in 2006 and 2007 when he served as the sabbatical replacement for Bob Jewett. After that he was a professor and the Director of Art at Hibbing Community College wher he earned multiple nominations and awards for his teaching. Currently, Mr. Lowman teaches art in the Upper School, specializing in ceramics.