Mr. Martin Aspholm
Martin came to Taft as a Carpenter Teaching Fellow in History in 2014. After completing the Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching program in the spring of 2016, Martin joined Taft’s History Department as a full-time faculty member. He brings insights gained through both his master’s thesis on the effects of guided writing on student engagement and his Civil War studies at the University of Virginia’s Gilder Lehrman Institute summer seminar into the classroom at Taft. During the summer of 2018, Martin attended the Stanley King Counseling Institute at the Fountain Valley School.
Martin grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Brown University, where he majored in history with a focus on modern North America. While at Brown, he was a peer academic advisor and volunteered as a reading and math tutor for 5th graders at a Providence elementary school. He was a summer intern at Choate Rosemary Hall, where he taught American Government and Politics in the JFK Institute of Government. As a member of the Brown University crew team, Martin was first team All-Ivy in 2012 and earned second team honors in 2013 and 2014. He competed in the Henley Royal Regatta in 2012 and 2014.
In addition to teaching history, Martin is head of HDT4, and coaches crew and basketball.