David Barndollar

Department/Position

Upper School, US English Teacher

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Work: 703-873-6169


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Biography

US English Teacher

"As a lifelong vocalist, I was drawn to literature through poetry and the music of words, and I still love introducing students to the ways in which patterned language can express ideas, sometimes in direct opposition to the meanings those words ordinarily carry."

I have been a teacher ever since spending a short time working on Wall Street at the end of the Big ‘80s, and I have never looked back. As a lifelong vocalist, I was drawn to literature through poetry and the music of words, and I still love introducing students to the ways in which patterned language can express ideas, sometimes in direct opposition to the meanings those words ordinarily carry. I have been fortunate along the way to have opportunities to teach not just in a variety of fields within English - in literature, rhetoric, and computers and writing, at both the college and secondary levels - but also in other areas, such as economics, communication history, politics and mathematics. I find that this eclectic background keeps me engaged in the same learning enterprise as my students, and brings useful perspective to the work I do in the English classroom. As a mentor of mine once put it: in schools, we are all engaged in teaching and learning all the way up and all the way down. I am delighted to be at Potomac working with such an engaged group of teachers and learners, and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow in this exciting community.  


Princeton University, A.B. '88
1984-88: English, Tigertones, Cross-Country & Indoor Track
University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. '04
1994-2004: English (Poetry & Poetics, Computers & Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, Victorian & Modern Literature); Intramural Champion, A/B Doubles Racquetball

Grade/Division

Upper School

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