B.A., Rutgers University; M.S.T., University of New Hampshire
Work Phone: 860-945-7862
Year Appointed: 2002
Don Padgett has been a member of the Mathematics Department at Taft since 2002. He currently teaches Accelerated Precalculus, Honors Accelerated Precalculus, AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus AB/C (a one semester course for those who have completed AB Calculus and wish to sit for the BC Calculus exam). He is the course head for Accelerated Precalculus and developed many of the materials used in the course. From 2007 to 2009, Don held the Littlejohn Family Chair for commitment to the whole student. He is a member of the Admissions Committee. His coaching career began in 1974 in Levittown, N.Y. He is currently the assistant cross-country coach at Taft, and also helps out during the track season by coaching the middle and long distance runners. Don began his teaching career at Pine Ridge School for learning disabled students in Williston, VT, and subsequently taught and coached at Hollis (N.H.) High School. Before Taft, he also taught at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA (1979-97), Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, N.J., and the Ross School in East Hampton, N.Y., serving as Math Department chair at each. Don currently lives just off of campus so that he can stroll to class every day.