Academics

Academic Leadership Team

Meet Our Academic Leaders

Second only to our fine students, The Peck School's academic leadership and teaching faculty are a major source of pride! Our 70 faculty have an average of 18 years teaching experience and the majority of our administrator's, faculty, and staff hold advanced degrees.
Daisy Savage
Head of Upper School

Mrs. Savage began her career in education 37 years ago after an almost ten-year stretch working as a corporate bond trader on Wall Street. She first joined The Peck School in 1990 as a substitute teacher, and in 2002, began teaching full-time fifth grade English and math. She served as Director of Secondary School Counseling from 2008-2015, and in 2016 was named Head of the Upper School.

An advocate for intellectual growth and character development in young people, Mrs. Savage oversees all aspects of the Upper School division and is responsible for the daily life and overall health of the Upper School.Her steadfast leadership with a broad array of programming and protocol ensures teaching excellence and a student-first perspective. Having been immeasurably impacted by Mrs. Savage’s expertise, Peck’s secondary school placement program continues to ensure families and students find their ‘best-fit’ at some of the most prestigious day and boarding schools in the nation.
 
She is also the proud parent of Peck graduates Virginia ’05 and twins Chase and Lily ’08.

Mrs. Savage holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Letters from Drew University.

Nina Sharma
Head of Lower School

Mrs. Sharma brings over 30 years of teaching and curriculum development experience to early childhood education at Peck.  She joined us as a second grade teacher in 1993, and was named Head of the Lower School in 2004. A lifelong educator, Mrs. Sharma continues to teach math to maintain a bond with students and staff.
 
Mrs. Sharma is a champion for programs that foster intellectual curiosity and the creative process that nourish young children’s interest and skills in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art, and math.) In line with Peck’s ‘whole child’ ideology, she works intently to create a nurturing, kind community for positive social, emotional, and academic growth. Her passion for multicultural education helped begin our close friendship and global exchange with the Kopila Valley School in Nepal. Additionally, she liaisons with the Parents Association World Cultures committee and is a voice for inclusion and diversity in school communities. A believer in the power of parent partnerships, Mrs. Sharma advances Peck’s parent-school relationship and offers parenting tools to support children at home.

Born and raised in England, and with family spread across the globe, Mrs. Sharma shares with her husband a love of travel and spending time with their sons, Peck alumni Anil ’02 and Rishi ’96, and their families.

Mrs. Sharma holds a B.Ed. from the Lady Spencer-Churchill College of Education, Oxford, UK.
 
Chris Weaver
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development

Chris Weaver came to The Peck School in 2014 after serving at The Hewitt School in Manhattan, where, as Dean of Teaching and Learning for STEM and Chair of Science, he initiated transformative partnerships enabling students to collaborate with experts in architecture, environmental science, genomics, and engineering.  His passion for innovative programming and sparking a growth mindset in young people marks him as a leader for 21st Century learning.

Mr. Weaver’s expertise in STEM initiatives, curriculum development, and a humanities background magnifies the depth of teaching and learning at Peck.  His work focuses on strategic academic initiatives, encouraging innovation in the classroom, and fostering a culture of teaching excellence.  With experience teaching children from Kindergarten-aged through high school senior, Mr. Weaver is particularly suited to ensuring that robust, vibrant, and inspirational learning happens throughout the K to 8 continuum.
 
Mr. Weaver holds a B.A. from New York University and an MFA from Arizona State University where he was a University Teaching Fellow.  
 
 

Department Heads, Deans, and Specialists

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    Sarah Chan 

    The Peck School
    Upper School English Teacher, English Dept. Chair
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    Molly Donnelly 

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    Spanish Teacher, World Languages Department Chair
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    Timothy Loveday 

    Upper School Science Teacher, Science Dept. Chair
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    Mark Mortensen 

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    Woodworking Teacher
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    Stewart Wilkinson 

    The Peck School
    Upper School Math Teacher, Downy/Redhead Coordinator
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    Chelsey Carr 

    The Peck School
    Upper School English Teacher
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    James Cross 

    The Peck School
    Upper School Themes Teacher
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    Jennifer Hogan 

    The Peck School
    Lower School Math Teacher, Math Dept. Chair
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    Carolyn Vallario 

    The Peck School
    Reading Director
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    Bruce Schwartz 

    Director of the Osborn Idea & Design Lab
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    David Carlo 

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    Director of Athletics
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    Christine Williams 

    The Peck School
    Director of Secondary School Counseling
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