Stephen D. Palmer
A.B., Bowdoin College; M.A., Middlebury College
Associate Dean of Faculty, Head of English Department, English
John B. Small Chair
Work Phone: 860-945-7822
Year Appointed: 1985
Since starting at Taft in 1985, Steve has taught a variety of courses from lowermid English to a range of senior electives and currently is the head of the English Department. He is the longtime head coach of boys’ cross-country has often been assistant coach for ice hockey and track.
During his four years at Bowdoin College, he competed every season in cross-country and indoor and outdoor track. A class dean for 10 years, Steve now finds his time filled with paper conferences, grammar extra-help and convincing students that writing is a flexible, individual, disciplined enterprise. The Palmer family—Karla, a math teacher and coach, and Henry and Calvin—live on campus in the Ottley House and can be found on the fields or at the gym nearly every afternoon. Their summers are spent in the woods of southern New Hampshire, working on their 1834 house, running on the trails and working for the local CSA.