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Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment

Oxford Academy

Direct Phone: (203) ***-**** ext. ***       

Oxford Academy

1393 Boston Post Road

Westbrook, Connecticut 06498

United States

Company Description

Oxford Academy is an independent boys boarding school established in 1906 to educate young men seeking an alternative to the traditional classroom approach. In Oxford's one-to-one classroom, each student benefits from his teacher's undivided attention. Th ... more

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Employment History

Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment
Ridgefield Academy

Affiliations

Officio Member
REACH Prep Inc

Education



Teachers College


political science
the College of the Holy Cross

B.A.
Political Science
the College of the Holy Cross

BA

College of Holy Cross ( MA )

M. Ed.
School Leadership
Columbia University

M.A.
Liberal Studies
Wesleyan University

advanced degrees

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School is in 'capable caring hands' as David M. Suter embarks on the next stage of his educational odyssey.
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David M. Suter has been described by colleagues as a born leader and a born teacher. Ask the new Upland Country Day School Head of School about teaching, or children, and his heartfelt enthusiasm is evident. Yet, were it not for love, he might not have been an educator at all. As a student at the College of the Holy Cross, he majored in Political Science and aspired to be a lawyer. He wanted to work on Capitol Hill. But his plans changed when he met and fell in love with Liza, who is now his wife and mother to their three children, twin boys and a girl. They ended up moving to Connecticut and Suter accepted a teaching position at Oxford Academy, a boys' boarding school located in Westbrook. Educated in public schools, this was Suter's first foray into private schools. "I found myself attracted to mission-driven schools," he explained. "I don't want to denigrate public education. I was fortunate enough to attend good public schools with very good teachers. But every school is not for every kid. It's about finding the right fit. And I think it's important that families have a choice about where they send their children to school." From Oxford Academy, Suter moved on to Cheshire Academy where he taught English and served as the Director of College Counseling. That school had a tradition of international education, and Suter said that the experience there opened his eyes to diversity and multi-culturalism. The next stop was St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Connecticut, where Suter served as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. As Suter's love of teaching grew, he attained advanced degrees. First came a Master of Arts degree from Wesleyan University, then a Master of Education degree from Columbia University Teachers College. He also completed his coursework for an Ed.D. in School Leadership from Columbia. Just as students need to find the right fit, he, too, was looking for the right fit last fall. Suter explained that the directors of Upland retained a search firm to conduct a national search, and at that point he was also looking for another professional opportunity. The timing was perfect. He met with the school's directors and was immediately impressed by the school and intrigued by the job. When he talked to members of the educational community, he heard nothing but good things about Upland. "I heard that it was a great place for kids to be kids a little bit longer than elsewhere," he explained.
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The 215-pupil school, founded in 1948, is very similar to the one that Suter left in New Canaan, although that one was a little larger. He likes the pre-kindergarten thru ninth-grade configuration. Suter just assumed his duties at the start of the current school year on July 1. So for now, he intends to focus on the core mission at Upland: academics, arts, athletics, and attitude. "I believe in educating the whole student," he explained. "This school has a great tradition of modernizing and advancing without losing the country feel." He added that the school already has a long-standing commitment to arts and athletics, requiring all students to participate in each. Upland has a thirty-year international travel program as students get to journey to Finland each year. The school also hosts exchange students. There is a rink right on the campus, he noted, allowing the school to be passionately competitive in ice hockey. He pointed to the Ethics class, the Latin program, and the community service component of the academic experience as particular strong points for the school. As someone who loves teaching, the new leader plans to foster a close relationship with the faculty and students. He will teach eighth-grade English to one section of students, probably 12 to 15 students.
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Suter said that while it was a difficult decision to uproot his young family, the move was made easier by how welcoming everyone has been.

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