Faculty/Staff Bio

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Terry A. Giffen

B.A., M.A., Allegheny College

Director of College Counseling


Work Phone: 860-945-7825

Year Appointed: 2008

Terry came to Taft after 35 years as a teacher, coach, dorm master, college counselor, admissions dean, upper school head, and assistant headmaster. He began his career as a public school English teacher at West Geauga Junior High School in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. From there he went on to work at the Kiski School in Pennsylvania, where he served as a teacher, housemaster, varsity wrestling coach, assistant football and track coach, director of student activities, director of testing, and director of college counseling. He then returned to his alma mater, Allegheny College, as associate dean of admissions before moving to Iowa, where he became the dean of admissions at Coe College. In 1989, he moved to Choate Rosemary Hall, where he served as the director of college counseling for the next 11 years.

In 2000, Terry moved to Surrey, England, where he became the upper school head, dean of admissions, and assistant headmaster for external affairs at the American School in England. He returned to the United States in 2002, and for the next six years served as the director of college counseling at Montgomery Bell Academy, a boys independent day school in Nashville, Tennessee.

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