By: Connor Doak
Mr. Sam Willson joins the Music Department this year as a Callard Fellow, a one year teaching fellowship. A graduate of Colby College, Mr. Willson earned a B.A. in Music, was a member of the a capella group, and was a three-year starter on the basketball team. Born in New York City and growing up in Watertown, CT, his favorite sports team has always been the New York Knicks. He is a graduate of the Taft School and Deereld Academy, where he played soccer, rowed crew, and served as captain of the basketball team.
When asked about what he found most appealing about Gilman, Mr. Willson responded, “(it’s) how they educate their students to be well-rounded individuals. Gilman cares deeply about academics, but also cares about athletics, and I think both are very important to shaping the minds of young men.”
Teaching music this year, Mr. Willson looks forward to learning from his mentors as a first year teacher. He has been a church organist since the age of 15, serving as Colby College’s campus organist, and his favorite musician is Claude Debussy. He will be teaching in the Upper School and will help with various performance music groups in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. He will also be coaching JV soccer and basketball. Mr. Sam Willson looks forward “to educating and helping Gilman students grow in every way, specifically academically and athletically”.