Darlington School: Private Boarding School in Georgia Episode 130: Athletic Clubs in Grades 3-5
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Episode 130: Athletic Clubs in Grades 3-5

October 5, 2023 | 456 views

Welcome to Episode 130 of The Darlington Podcast! 

In this episode, third grade teacher Steve McConnell talks with fourth grade teacher Carrie Watterson, middle grades math teacher Chris Eberhart, Assistant Athletic Director Nathan West and third-graders Addi Nolin and Sawyer West about after-school clubs for students in grades 3-5 and how they contribute to the student experience at Darlington and benefit the middle grades athletic program.

Steve McConnell has taught third grade at Darlington since 2010. He is an assistant coach for the varsity girls' basketball team and also works with the middle school girls' basketball team. McConnell holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University, and an M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina. For his work at Darlington, McConnell has been recognized with the Brown Faculty Award and two Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Chris Eberhart has taught math at Darlington since 2012 and was named director of student activities for the Pre-K to 8 division in 2015. He also coaches middle school baseball and volleyball. Chris has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University and an M.B.A. from Berry College.

Carrie Watterson has taught fourth grade since 2022 after having previously taught second grade. With more than a decade of experience in the classroom, Watterson holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Shorter University and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University as well as a Gifted Endorsement, Math Endorsement, and Special Education General Curriculum Certificate (P-12). 

Nathan West has served as head boys' basketball coach and assistant athletic director since 2019. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala., and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas.


The Darlington Podcast is a collaboration between the communication and advancement teams, and is hosted by various members of the school community. Episodes are released each Thursday morning and available on most podcast platforms (search for The Darlington Podcast in your podcast player). Once new episodes are posted, you'll also be able to find them at www.darlingtonschool.org/podcast. Please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts so that you'll get the latest episode each week! 

The Darlington Podcast intro music was written and performed by Elliot Luitwieler ('22) and Kathryn Davidson ('22). Jaclyn Haynes, Upper School science teacher, lends her voice, and editing and production is handled by Maddie Chastain, content manager. 

If you have ideas for future episodes or have any questions about The Darlington Podcast, please email communications@darlingtonschool.org