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.Ed. Secondary Science Education, Columbia University Teachers College
Ph.D. Secondary Science Education, University of Minnesota
Scot Hovan teaches Physics in the Upper School. Dr. Hovan earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton. He then completed his M.A. in Secondary Science Education at Columbia University's Teachers College and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his time in Minnesota, Dr. Hovan taught upper school science in Detroit, Cleveland, and New Jersey. He taught physics at Mahtomedi in the Twin Cities where he was instrumental in developing their engineering leadership program. Additionally, Dr. Hovan has an impressive resume as an educator with honors including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2007, finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2011, and National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.