Bloggers

Christine Williams spent the past twelve years advising students and families at Inspirica, a New York City test prep and tutoring company where she served as an educational consultant. During her time there, she supported families through the secondary school placement process, ranging from test preparation, to honing students’ interview skills, to school selection—helping to place large numbers of students at a variety of top day and boarding schools. Christine earned her BA in English Literature from Fairfield University, her MA in Psychological Studies, and her Ed.S in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall.

Bruce Schwartz is the Peck School’s Upper School Technology Integrator, a new position in our Upper School. After a successful business career, Bruce moved into the classroom in 2009 and worked as the middle and upper school technology integrator at The Key School in Annapolis, MD. He most recently held the title of Academic Technology Department Head. During his time at The Key School, Bruce was involved in numerous initiatives and is well versed with the Haiku learning management system and Google Apps for Education. He has a successful track record working with teachers to enhance their use of technology in the classroom and brings terrific ideas and energy to Peck.

Daisy Savage grew up in Louisville, KY. She is a graduate of Yale University and obtained her Master’s Degree from Drew University. Daisy spent 10 years on Wall Street as an institutional bond trader before joining Peck. Now in her 14th year at Peck, Daisy has taught 5th grade English & math, 8th Grade English, been an advisor, secondary school counselor for seven years, and the Upper School Head for two. Daisy has three children, all Peck grads – Virginia ’05; Chase ‘08; and Lily ’08.

Nina Sharma is the Head of the Lower School and has been in this role for 11 years. Previously, she taught 2nd grade at Peck for 10 years and spent 10 years teaching in England. She has been instrumental in sustaining the ongoing connection with The Kopila Valley School, and is the Coordinator of The Committee to Honor Diversity, organizing cultural assemblies and facilitating the celebratory World Cultures Night on an annual basis. She is passionate about global connections.

Zan Struebing has embraced the role of School Psychologist at Peck for the past three years. She is the chair of the Faculty Team for InDeCoRe Values as well as on the InDeCoRe Executive Committee. Since the 1980’s, she has worked in public schools, hospitals, and in her own private practice to assist children, adolescents, and adults with life transitions, learning issues, and psychological stressors. She is a lifelong learner who is honored to be an educator and mother.

Mark Mortensen earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Arts Education at the University of Maine and a Master of Education degree from Utah State University. He has taught woodworking at The Peck School since 1991.  Mr. Mortensen is a fifth grade advisor, chairs the Art Department and Academic Council, and is father to two current Peck students.

Don Diebold was born and raised in South Saint Louis, Missouri. He played soccer, basketball, and baseball in grade school; track and football in high school; and football and rugby in college. He graduated with a BA in Physical Education from Central Methodist University and got his MA in Physical Education at Montclair State. He has coached soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, gymnastics, track, ice hockey, and lacrosse. He is currently the Director of Athletics, head boys soccer coach, and head boys lacrosse coach working with grades 3 though 8 at The Peck School. His favorite past times are watching sports, playing guitar, playing golf, riding his motorcycle, reading, and socializing with friends.

Chris Weaver is an educational leader with a passion for helping students and faculty grow.  In the classroom, he has taught grades K-12, designing authentic science experiences that put students at the center of their own learning.  Beyond the classroom, Chris has developed transformative institutional partnerships, creating opportunities for students and teachers to collaborate with leaders in the field of architecture, environmental science, genomics, and engineering.   Chris has also led strategic initiatives in the humanities — generating connections between the arts and STEM and introducing writing practices across disciplines.  Chris currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development at the Peck School.

Andrew Delinsky brings seventeen years of independent school experience as a teacher and administrator to Peck. He was previously the Assistant Head of School and Upper School Principal at The Bullis School. While at Bullis, he helped implement a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program,“Beyond the Books,” an initiative to promote student character education and personal development; and an entrepreneurship program that brought real-world small business development to students. Andrew earned his Master of Arts in English at the prestigious Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in 2003, following his Bachelor of Arts in English from Franklin & Marshall College in 1997. In 2013, he completed a Master of Science in Leadership at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.