Retiring Faculty Served Combined 65 Years
Two long-serving teachers at Landon School have retired from the faculty, completing a combined 65 years of service to the students.
Edwin Sundt first came to Landon in 1967 to head the English Department. He has served as an English teacher in Middle and Upper School, as interim Middle School head (twice), Upper School director of admissions, dean of faculty, head baseball coach, head soccer coach, and a friend and mentor to generations of colleagues and students. Sundt left Landon for a short time in 2000 and taught at Calverton School and the Connelly School of the Holy Child before returning to Landon’s Middle School in 2004.
While he taught for many years at the Upper School level and introduced the Senior Elective in English, Sundt said he preferred to teach 8th grade in his recent years at Landon to help boys establish a solid foundation in writing as they headed into the Upper School. Sundt and his wife, Ann, who taught at Landon and went on to become a Montgomery County Circuit Court associate judge, directed the summer writing program at the Salisbury School in Connecticut for many years.
Middle School math teacher Jim Wright came to Landon from the University of Maryland where he was academic advisor to the football team. He has taught a generation of Landon boys and served as cross country and track coach at both the Middle School and the varsity level in his 24 years at Landon. He coached this year’s cross country team to the I.A.C. Middle School championship. His name is synonymous with the annual Apple Pie run held each fall on campus.
Wright, who is known to be soft-spoken but quick with a quip, will be returning to Gettysburg where he went to college and later coached. He has coached athletics in some form for 43 years and has described his classroom teaching as similar to preparing a runner for a race, teaching how to practice, how to compete and the strategy to do your best.
Sundt and Wright led the faculty processions for Baccalaureate and Commencement.