Catching up with Adam Atwell

Adam Atwell taught Upper School math, including Algebra II, Precalculus, and AP Calculus, from 2001 to 2015. He was head of the department from 2007 to 2014. Atwell also coached varsity tennis, JV basketball, and assisted with varsity soccer. 


Was Landon your first teaching position? 

Yes, I interviewed at Landon the weekend after I graduated from Kenyon College. I was only 21 years old! 


Where did you go next? 

My wife is from Cleveland, so we decided to move there to be closer to her parents who still live here. I teach at University School, an all-boys prep school here in suburban Cleveland, and teach AP Calculus and a post-AP class called Proof and Logic.  

Are you also coaching tennis?  

Yes, I coach varsity tennis and am proud to report that we’ve been to the state Final Four three of the five years I’ve been the head coach. 


How did your Landon experience influence your teaching? 

Bob Long was a teacher mentor, and from him I learned to be patient and not just give away answers to students who are struggling with a problem. In coaching, Mac Jacoby taught me that being a gentleman on the court and on the sideline is more important than wins and losses. He was unwaveringly kind and always made sure that his athletes played with class.  

Catch us up on your family? 

My son, Arthur, is a fifth grader at University School and my daughter, Pearl, is in third grade at Hathaway Brown, an all-girls prep school. Meghan, my wife, is a researcher at Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. 

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