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Matthew Peer

Director of Upper School

Matthew was named director of Upper School in 2014 after serving as director of student life since 2010 and men's lacrosse coach from 2012-2014. Prior to his work at Darlington, he taught history, worked in the Dean's Office and coached football, hockey, and lacrosse at Avon Old Farms in Connecticut and the Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire. Matthew holds a B.A. in Sociology from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Jessica, a teaching assistant in Darlington's Early Learning Academy, live on campus and are the parents of Jackson (’24) and Ella ('27).

Boys M.S. Lacrosse

Assistant Coach

College Education
B.A. St. Lawrence University
M.A. Wesleyan University

Peer named director of enrollment management

May 15, 2020
Matthew Peer has been named director of enrollment management, effective July 1, announced Head of School Brent Bell today.

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Eighth Grade Celebration Week: Welcome to Upper School!

PK-8 | Angela Pieroni, May 15, 2020
It's the final day of honoring our eighth grade students!

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Feeling Uncertain About the AP Exams? You're Not Alone

Upper School | Matthew Peer, April 1, 2020
In 36 hours the College Board will be announcing details on the new format for the 2020 Advanced Placement exams and how they will be administered. Here are some thoughts and tips from several of Darlington's master AP teachers.

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Upper School Distance Learning Update

March 18, 2020
On Monday, March 23, we will embark on a learning journey together. Our faculty members have worked extremely hard this week to create a distance learning program that is both engaging and interactive during this time of uncertainty in our lives. It is my hope that this letter will give you an overview of the program that we have created to empower you to learn with passion. While the campus may be closed, school is open!

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Expanded Offerings in World Languages

Upper School | Matthew Peer, March 27, 2019
I am excited to announce that Darlington will be expanding its offerings in the world language department beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

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Darlington recognized with the AP Computer Science A Female Diversity Award

March 8, 2019
Darlington School has earned the first College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A.

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Save the Date: 'Raising Gritty, Resilient Kids' on Nov. 27

Academic Administration | Matthew Peer, November 14, 2017
Renowned educational psychologist, Dr. Jed Applerouth, founder and CEO of Applerouth Tutoring and Test Prep will speak to parents at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in Thatcher Hall on “Raising Gritty, Resilient Kids.”

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Holst joins Upper School counseling team

September 21, 2017
Alli Holst, a new personal counselor at the Upper School, is no stranger to Darlington. She served as an interim counselor at the start of the 2016-17 school year and is the wife of Assistant Director of Boarding Admission Nathan Holst.

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Willerson hired as Upper School history teacher, coach

September 20, 2017
Jared Willerson is teaching history at the Upper School in addition to serving as head volleyball coach and assistant boys' basketball coach.

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Owens hired to teach Spanish at Upper School

August 27, 2017
Reid Owens has joined the Darlington Community as a Spanish teacher at the Upper School this year. His four years of teaching experience include serving as an adjunct instructor and graduate instructor at the University of Alabama as well as teaching English to native Spanish speakers in Grenada Spain.

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