Mr. William Speers
AB, Princeton University
Will attended Milton Academy and majored in English at Princeton University, where he graduated with honors and received the Harold Willis Dodds award for “moral courage.” Will received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1991; he was honored at a White House ceremony as a distinguished teacher in 1991; and in 1996 he was awarded a humanities fellowship by the Council for Basic Education. During his sabbatical in 1995-1996, Will taught at Holderness School (N.H.). In 2004, Will was honored by the Trustees, parents, alumni and other supporters of St. Andrew’s with the creation of the School’s first endowed chair.
While on sabbatical in 2011-2012, Will taught during the fall at Fenway High School in Boston, Mass., and then during the winter he taught at Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire, England. He also traveled to Germany, Italy, Jordan and Israel.
At St. Andrew’s, Will has been chair of the English Department, director of admission and financial aid, director of studies, dean of students and assistant headmaster for student life. As assistant coach on the boys varsity soccer team, he helped lead the team to the 1981 state championship. He has also coached girls varsity soccer and boys and girls varsity squash. During the summer, when not in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, he has directed and taught at the Milton Boarding Conference, a program that introduced new teachers to residential schools.
Will lives in a home along the main drive with his wife, Heidi Rowe, and his three boys, Christopher ’07, Joshua ’09 and Carter ’13.