Mrs. Elizabeth Roach
BA, Mount Holyoke College
A cum laude graduate of the Nichols School in Buffalo, Elizabeth did her undergraduate work at Mount Holyoke College, where she was a Sarah Williston Scholar and captain of the varsity tennis team. Graduating cum laude, with honors in English, Elizabeth was honored by the president of Mount Holyoke as an outstanding student leader for her contributions to the life of the college.
She earned a master’s degree with honors from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
At St. Andrew’s, Elizabeth serves as the Dean of Teaching and Learning and as the Stuart Chair of the English Department. In her career, she has served as Director of Girls’ Athletics, Director of Residential Life, and dorm parent. Together with Emily Pressman, she created and now teaches a fully interdisciplinary course for seniors, entitled "History, Literature, and the Contested Past." The course examines how novelists, poets, and historians have wrestled with a made sense of the past and their relationship to it.
Elizabeth coached the girls’ varsity tennis team for 15 seasons, with an overall record of 161-28. She led her team to its first state championship in St. Andrew’s history in 1987, and it won the title again in 1988 and 1996. She returned to coaching girls’ tennis in the spring of 2006.
In 1991, she was selected as Delaware’s Coach of the Year for girls’ tennis. In 2004, Elizabeth was inducted into the Nichols School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Elizabeth lives in the headmaster's house with her husband, Tad, their children—Matthew ’04, Hadley ’07, Zachary '13 and Annie ’18—and black labs Tallulah and Laska.