Ted R Heavenrich
A.B., Oberlin College; M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University
Mary and Robert Stott Chair
Year Appointed: 1975
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin in 1974 with a double major in physics and mathematics, Ted was accepted into the Teaching Fellow Program at Philips Andover Academy before joining the faculty at Taft. During his time in the math department, he has taught almost every course—from introductory algebra to multivariable calculus. Ted has served as math department head, dorm head of HDT 2, and was a class dean for 7 years. He is the founder of the Math Team, and has been its advisor for 30 years. In recent years, the team has experienced increasing success, earning recognition on a national level. In the last decade, Taft students have qualified for the USA Math Olympiad 13 times.
Ted has coached JV boys’, varsity girls’, and JV girls’ soccer, and served as head of the Outdoor Program for close to three decades. He was the organizer of the Senile Six Taft faculty hockey team and serves on the boards of the Watertown Public Library and the Watertown Foundation. He is also an emeritus member of the Land Management Committee of Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust.