Brian Inman and Al Shorey have been selected to lead the history and math departments, respectively, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
"Brian and Al are excellent, student-centered teachers who have a clear understanding of Darlington School’s Cycle of Learning and the Portrait of a Graduate," said Matt Peer, director of Upper School. "Dean of Studies Chad Woods and I look forward to partnering with them as they begin their journey as academic leaders at Darlington."
Inman has taught history at Darlington since 2002 and holds a B.A. and an M.A.T. from Carson-Newman College. He has taken on numerous leadership roles during his tenure at Darlington, most recently helping to create the Individual Student Portfolio and lead the school’s Strategic Planning process. He has also served as faculty advisor to the Honor Council. For his commitment to students, he has been recognized with the Significant Contributions to the Darlington Community Award, the Oscar Betts '19 Master Teacher Award, the Beachum Master Teaching Award, the George W. Awsumb Faculty Award, the R.M. Yankee Excellence in Teaching Award.
"Brian is committed to placing an emphasis on teaching excellence and understands the importance of a skills-based curriculum," said Peer. "According to Brian, we must be brave enough to continue to try new methods, build off of our successes, reassess our failures, and never stop trying."
Shorey has taught math at the Upper School since 2013. A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, he holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a past recipient of the Beachum Master Teaching Award.
"Throughout his tenure at Darlington, Al has created innovative ways to help students improve through the solving of authentic, real-world problems," said Peer. "He empowers students to be lifelong learners who seek opportunities to constantly improve, collaborate, and understand the importance of making highly productive mistakes as they learn to become problem solvers."
Jon Wagshul and Kiki Rowsey, the current department chairs, have accepted new positions at Columbus Academy (Ohio) and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (Sandy Springs, Ga.), respectively.
"Please join me in thanking Jon and Kiki for their service to the students and faculty in our community," said Peer. "We wish them the best of luck in their new leadership roles."