Mr. Peter K McLean
MA, College of William & Mary
PhD, University of Tennessee
A native of Charlottesville, Va., and a graduate of Lane High School, Peter has experienced many different types of “living” classrooms. After earning his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from UVA, Peter spent three years teaching biology and history at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg. During the summers, he led bicycle trips for high school students to England and France and was a backcountry ranger in Yellowstone National Park.
In 1984, he began work on his master’s degree at the College of William and Mary, studying the feeding ecology of Chesapeake Bay ospreys.
Peter came to St. Andrew’s after finishing his doctorate at the University of Tennessee, where he researched the population dynamics of black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains.
During the spring, Peter leads groups of St. Andrew’s students on hiking trips in the Appalachian Mountains, where they have assisted research on denning female bears. Peter’s life science students continue major long-term ecological and biodiversity studies of Noxontown Pond and other local environments. He helps coordinate the environmental stewards and the School’s sustainability efforts. Given his passion for the natural world and his efforts working with others to better appreciate and protect it, he recently was selected as Delaware’s Outstanding Life Science Teacher.
Peter and his wife, Carol Ann Pala, enjoy biking, photography, gardening, reading and beekeeping. They live in one of the School’s farmhouses, one with geothermal heating and cooling, with their two children, Peter and Elsa '14, their cat, Monty, and their golden retriever, Bella.