Faculty members at Taft are selected on the basis of their excellence in teaching, their commitment to young people, and their desire to instill enthusiasm for learning. The Summer School faculty is chosen primarily from Taft’s regular school-year faculty as well as from other independent and public schools.
Each summer, Taft selects several outstanding college seniors and recent graduates who are interested in a career in education to assist the faculty. Fellows work in the classroom with a senior teacher, live in the dormitories, assist in the afternoon sports, and serve as advisors to Summer School students. They are an essential part of the Summer experience, and Summer School students often form lasting friendships with these young adults.
"Although I enjoyed all my classes, my favorite was “Introduction to Organic Farming”. Farming has been a subject I have been interested in the last two years, and when I saw the course I knew I had to do it. We got to go through the whole farming process firsthand - weeding, preparing beds, fertilization, planting, and harvesting. At the end of the course, we were able to eat the fruits of our labor. Witnessing the culmination of five weeks of work come to fruition was the most rewarding part. Also, watering the plants was so relaxing and serene, a perfect end to a long day."