John Piacenza

Mr. Piacenza graduated from Westborough High School, Westborough, MA, in 1975 and from Yale University in 1979. At Yale, he majored in applied mathematics with concentrations in electrical engineering and computer science, and he lettered in baseball. After graduating from college, Mr. Piacenza worked for a computer company in Westborough as a programmer analyst. He left the high-tech world to take a teaching job at Taft in 1983, and he has been teaching and coaching at Taft ever since. Mr. Piacenza has taught all levels of mathematics, and has coached basketball and baseball at the school and in the town of Watertown. Mr. Piacenza teaches Taft’s highest-level Math course—Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra—and has done so since the inception of the course in 2000. He also leads workshops in Multivariable Calculus and in Linear Algebra each summer through the Taft Education Center. He and his wife, Jean (nee Strumolo, Taft class of '75), have four children: Emily ’00, Anthony ’01, Lucia ’04, and Thomas ’06.