Brad Nicholson, New History Teacher and Asian Studies Program Coordinator
Teaching Experience: Mr. Nicholson comes to Peddie from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, with previous teaching experience at Northfield Mount Hermon School and The Forman School. At Cheshire Academy, Mr. Nicholson holds the Robert Gardiner Excellence in Teaching Award, an award given by the students of Cheshire Academy to the teacher whom they feel best meets their criteria for excellence in teaching. Mr. Nicholson is currently teaching sophomore courses in Modern World History and Honors Modern World History, and senior electives in International Relations and World Religions. Mr. Nicholson is also an experienced soccer and lacrosse coach (both genders, all levels), he has been a dorm parent and dorm head in both boys and girls dorms, and he is the International Student Coordinator.
Educational Experience: Mr. Nicholson was a four-year boarding student at Fountain Valley School in Colorado, where he was Captain of the Varsity Swim Team and also played soccer and lacrosse. Mr. Nicholson was the editor of his school newspaper, an avid skier and a top student. Mr. Nicholson graduated as the Max Weber Scholar in Sociology from Williams College, where he was a member of the Williams Ultimate Frisbee Organization and -- most importantly -- founded Williams College Habitat for Humanity with a fellow student who later became Mrs. Nicholson. Mr. Nicholson did graduate work in religious studies and world religions at Princeton Theological Seminary, completed a Master's degree in Islamic Studies at the University of Virginia, and is working on his Mandarin in preparation for a doctorate in East Asian Studies.
Travel Experience: Mr. Nicholson has traveled to many parts of Asia and the Americas, and has lived in China, India and Bolivia. For the past few years, Mr. Nicholson has been spending most summers in Shanghai serving as the Director of Residential Programs for a summer educational program which takes English-speaking high school students to China. Mr. Nicholson will be traveling to China and Japan this summer and will start formal work for Peddie in late July, however students are welcome to contact him in the mean time (see the Asian Studies Program page).
Personal Information: Mr. Nicholson was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Nicholson is married to Kate Nicholson, an experienced math teacher and swim coach who will be teaching and coaching full-time at Peddie next year. Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson have three children: Beth, age 8; David, age 6; and Abby, age 2. The entire Nicholson family has traveled to China, the children speak some Mandarin and Mrs. Nicholson lived in Japan as a teenager, so enthusiasm for Asia clearly runs in the family.