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Brent Bell
Head of School

Brent was named Darlington's 11th head of school in 2014. With two decades of experience in education, he holds a B.A. in History from the University of Richmond and an M.S. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his work here, Brent was head of Upper School at Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. He also served previously as assistant headmaster and dean of academic affairs at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., where he held the E. Craig Wall Family Mastership. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, Charlie ('22), Jack ('24) and Brent ('26).

Mrs. Harrison, our advisees and I participate in a campus-wide scavenger hunt on the first day of school.

"This is Why" - Brief Moments in Time

9/6/2016 7:55:00 AM, 522 views

Mrs. Harrison and I share the privilege of serving as “advisors” for a group of ninth-grade boys. Our group this year consists of two boarding students (one from Shanghai, China and one from South Bend, Indiana) and six day students (one of whom is new to Darlington as his family has moved from Russia). They are very typical ninth-graders, full of energy, open to new ideas, and always hungry. The snacks and treats brought by Mrs. Harrison never go to waste.

In one of our first meetings, we played the icebreaker game, “two truths and a false.” This game is great because it helps people get to know each other by guessing which statement is inaccurate.  

I threw out my three, and they actually guessed it fairly easily ...
One of my former students was a member of the San Francisco 49ers last season.
I have three children.
I was the coach of a state championship basketball team. (Sadly, this is the false - we lost in the championship game)

On that day, the best part of the game was when one of the students presented his three choices...
I can solve the Rubik’s Cube blindfolded.
I’ve played tennis for nine years.
I have one brother.

We all guessed that he couldn’t solve the Rubik’s Cube blindfolded, but in reality he has only played tennis for eight years (tricky, I know). We laughed a little about that until someone else in the group said, “Wait, you can solve the Rubik’s Cube blindfolded?”

For me, that moment captured Darlington. It represented kids who are learners, who can do interesting things, who care about each other, who think about more than themselves, who are curious, who think to ask questions, who are not afraid to share, who laugh and don’t take themselves too seriously.

Brief moments in time tell us a lot. As we embark on this school year, I hope we all take the time to learn during and enjoy those brief moments in time.

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