Please join us in welcoming Mike Peller, White Mountain’s new Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning! Mike comes to The White Mountain School from The Nueva School (CA) where he most recently served as Assistant Head of the Upper School. Mike is passionate about his work as a thought leader in education and he describes himself as “humbled, inspired and excited” by his new role at White Mountain. After a visit to campus in early May, Mike reflected, “At a time of great educational and pedagogical change, I feel so fortunate to be joining White Mountain, a school that clearly thinks about what education could and should look like.”
Mike grew up on the campus of Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA) and later taught math there during their Summer Session. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University and an M.A. in Leadership in Independent Schools from Columbia University where he also completed the Klingenstein Program at Teachers College. Mike spent six years at Sonoma Academy (CA) where he served as a class dean and admission officer, and helped to design their curriculum. He then moved on to Holderness School (NH) as Chair of the Math Department, Director of Project Outreach and Assistant Director of Senior Honors Thesis. In 2013 he began at Nueva, which was a PK-8 school at the time, and helped them launch their program for grades 9-12. This involved building their curriculum and assessment model from the ground up.
Thinking deeply about how we teach and assess students has been a theme throughout Mike’s career. He was drawn to White Mountain because of our forward-thinking educational philosophy which includes Student-Driven Inquiry and the Essential Skills and Habits. Mike recently shared the following in an email to the community: “You are all doing so many things remarkably well! In particular, the work you have done to create the Essentials Skills and Habits is what drew me to this position. I have been, and continue to be, committed to thinking about how schools design relevant and authentic curricula, create meaningful learning experiences, and provide actionable feedback that is rooted in mission-driven competencies, which is absolutely in line with the work you have done and are doing with the Essential Skills and Habits.” Mike has worked with the Mastery Transcript Consortium and his experience and knowledge will help White Mountain as we think about how we both teach and assess our students in a meaningful way.
Mike and his wife, Kelsey, as well as their son Harvey, will move to White Mountain at the end of June and Mike will begin in his new role on July 1. Please join us in welcoming them all to the White Mountain community!
If you would like to learn more about Mike, please follow these links:
- Watch this video of Mike discussing what he loves about teaching and why he is excited to work at White Mountain
- Mike’s Educational Philosophy Statement