Faculty and Staff Profiles

One of the greatest strengths of The Putney School over the years has been its ability to attract powerful intellects and passionate teachers to the faculty.

One of the greatest strengths of The Putney School over the years has been its ability to attract powerful intellects and passionate teachers to the faculty. In the early days, the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the progressive movement drew a wide range of educators, several of whom went on to found other progressive schools. In today’s educational world, public school teachers are contending with state-mandated tests and the independent school world is largely consumed with teaching to the APs. Teachers are drawn to Putney because they can teach students how to ask good questions rather than just answer them, because they can design their curriculum in collaboration with their colleagues and because we believe that education is the result of everything we do with students, in and out of the classroom.

These faculty and staff profiles give a glimpse of the amazing breadth and wealth of talent at Putney. For a complete list of Putney faculty, staff and leadership, visit our Staff & Faculty Directory

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"Putney values independence of thought. It’s more than school, it’s a progressive education incubator."

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David is on the science faculty.

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Marty is Putney’s Executive Chef, responsible for three meals a day plus a mid-morning and late-night snack for about 300 people.

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Susan Brearey is an internationally acclaimed artist whose nature-inspired work has appeared in galleries abroad and throughout the United States.

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In theater at Putney, interests and passions merge. Theater here immerses students in dance, drama, music, visual arts, athleticism, literature and history.

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"One anecdote that I believe is emblematic of the attitude of our students to the expectations of the community comes from Marty Brennan-Sawyer, our executive chef."

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is a member of history faculty, Director of the Work Program, and Director of Afternoon Activities. “Lies” (pronounced “Leese”) teaches European History and is the director of the School’s

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“Teaching language in a progressive school is a bit of a paradox. Unless the language learning is “immersion style”"

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