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Upper School

Christopher Nelson, Germantown Academy Head of Upper School

Christopher Nelson
Head of Upper School
Head Coach, Varsity Girls Soccer

Joined GA in 2011

Previous Roles
Upper School Math Teacher
Alcott House Head

B.A., Middlebury College
M.Ed., Harvard University

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At Germantown Academy, our teachers strive to know students in purposeful, genuine ways, and travel together with them along their path through the Upper School. The ability of our teachers to recognize the potential for excellence or the spark of passion creates a nurturing yet challenging environment within which our students can develop their gifts to the fullest.

We encourage our students to think deeply and to ask questions, to investigate and to discover, and to learn with and from one another. While our curriculum certainly provides students with excellent preparation for college and beyond, it also offers opportunities to explore a well-rounded course of study and to pursue existing areas of interest. We encourage our scholars, our athletes, and our performers to challenge themselves, to try, on occasion to fail, and, most importantly, to develop the resiliency and the resolve to persevere.

Above all, our teachers, our coaches, and our advisors endeavor to support our students’ capacity for good—their compassion, their generosity, and their spirit. We believe wholeheartedly in the tenets of our mission, and cherish the privilege and the pleasure of sharing in our students' journeys.