Eliot Taft

Hometown:
Deerfield, Massachusetts

Education:
High School - Deerfield Academy
BA - Bowdoin College: English and Environmental Studies, Anthropology minor

My primary roles at White Mountain:
English Teacher
Soccer, Snowboard, Whitewater Kayaking coach
Dorm Head of Solar Dorm

Why White Mountain?
As an educator, it is important for me to teach not only in the classroom, but to also share my enthusiasm for deliberately learning in a beautiful place. White Mountain offers just that: motivated, curious students that care about challenging themselves both inside at the chalkboard, and outside while sliding down ski slopes or scaling up cliffs.

Favorite season?
There is a special window in New Hampshire’s North Country when, between March and May, the rivers fill with water, the trails clear of ice, and the nearby peaks keep some pockets of soft snow.  Having the ability to live in a place where I can ski, mountain bike, and whitewater kayak in the same afternoon makes for a good day during a great time of the year.

What excites you the most about teaching at WMS?
Finding that moment when a student realizes he or she has found a subject, or story, or project in which they are deeply passionate, and want to continue to investigate why that topic matters. Having the intentional time and space for students to craft mini-LASR projects and other inquiry focused undertakings generates a special kind of excitement for both students and teachers alike.

When not in the classroom I can be found:
Paddling the Ammonoosuc with students, eating too much ice cream with my advisees, or getting embarrassingly lost in the PRKR Mountain trails in Littleton.

Not many people know that:
If it weren’t for Spielberg’s classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial I wouldn’t be named Eliot. My older brother, three at the time, loved the movie, and the main character’s name, and the rest is history.
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THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire,
The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day
school for students grades 9-12/PG.