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St. Paul’s will hire, develop and retain quality faculty who mentor students to achieve success and who create a culture of excellence throughout all divisions and programs.

David Chalfoun Upper School Faculty

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“Classes are hierarchical, they build up in a logical sequence. But when you’re really doing science, it doesn’t work like that. You’re pulling from many areas, it’s organic, chaotic. I want my students to feel free to take risks and not worry about what’s going on a transcript. If you don't, you’re not going to be a scientist.

Having a hypothesis fail is a good lesson for students to learn. To a scientist, being surprised by a result is a chance to find something new. It’s a moment of discovery.

I try to provide opportunities for kids to go far beyond the curriculum. I started a Biotechnology Club, I offer an independent class on quantum mechanics, and hold a Friday afternoon casual conversation about physics. The way to get students excited about science is to let them do more and explore their individual interests.”

Tenth grade chemistry teacher Dr. David Chalfoun holds the William A. Bassett Chair for Teaching Excellence. He is using funds associated with the Chair to establish a new joint Biotechnology Club with SPSG. The Club is a companion to the School’s Engineering Club for students interested in the biological sciences and medicine. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from MIT.

Faculty Excellence Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty within all divisions of the School to support and extend the excellent academic program.
    • Capital Campaign establishes as a priority support for faculty across the career arc: Recruit, Retain, Reward from early career to end of career.
    • Expand recruitment efforts among HBCUs, at Morgan State, and attend NAIS Diversity hiring fair.
  2. Initiative 2

    Invest in professional development that enables teachers to improve their capabilities and clearly identify a path to continue their careers at St. Paul’s.
    • Preliminary capital campaign discussions focusing on fully funding a faculty professional growth program.
    • Academic Council finalized and approved a school wide Faculty Profile.
    • Capital campaign establishes as priority fully funding a faculty professional growth program.
    • Submission of grant proposal to E.E. Ford Foundation to fund instructional coaching program for Upper School teachers.
    • Creation of Academic Council task teams focusing on: Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development.
  1. Initiative 3

    Recruit faculty using traditional as well innovative techniques that ensure our access to superior candidates.