Faculty and Staff
Landon has a unique approach to teaching: the teacher-coach-mentor model. The 125+ members of our diverse, dynamic and highly educated faculty are also coaches, advisors and leaders. They serve as role models and find teachable moments everywhere: in the classroom, performance hall, art studio, gym, fields, and the community beyond our campus. Because they connect with the students in multiple ways, our teacher-coach-mentors know where our boys shine and where they can improve, ultimately helping them navigate the challenges of their young lives so they can succeed in life after Landon.
For example, Upper School math teacher Paul Padalino is also an advisor, the interim director of athletics, the head coach of our varsity football team, and an assistant coach for our varsity lacrosse team, which in 2017 won the Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) championship en route to an undefeated season and a No. 1 national ranking.
Middle School math teacher Addison Hunt is the Grade 6 dean and often mentors boys from their time in Grade 6 through their Upper School years as head coach of both the Middle School and varsity cross country and track teams.
Our Visual Arts Department Chair Walt Bartman, an accomplished painter whose most recent solo exhibition attracted 300 visitors on opening night, is also the head coach of Landon’s varsity water polo and swimming and diving teams. And he frequently mentors Upper School boys when they undertakes extracurricular projects, such as painting portraits for Kenyan orphans and patients at Children’s National Medical Center.
With a student-to-faculty ratio of 6-to-1, teachers provide individual attention and tailored approaches to maximize learning for each student. Small class sizes facilitate lively discussions as teachers utilize best practices to deliver the curriculum in innovative, engaging ways.
And because we believe learning is never done, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue their own education. Landon supports and facilitates our faculty members’ pursuit of professional development programs, conferences and seminars that take them around the world to learn ideas and strategies to bring home to the classroom.
One of our science teachers traveled to Borneo to study one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. The head of our World Languages Department spent two weeks in Italy and Croatia to study romance languages and evolving dialects. And our Upper School counselor worked at a prep school in rural Hawaii to exchange learnings with administrators there. Our teachers then share with our students unique and engaging lessons that draw from these experiences across the globe.