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.
Olaf Lakin earned his BA from Whitman College and an M.Ed. in Math Education from the University of Minnesota. He began his teaching career at Shattuck-St. Mary's, where he taught for three years. After his time at Shattuck, Olaf traveled overseas to teach math at international schools in Norway, Taiwan, Chile, and most recently in Zurich, Switzerland. Previously, Olaf taught Algebra I through AP Calculus as well as IB math. He has also been an athletic coach, student trip leader, and lead ninth grade advisor.