Brad McCutcheon grew up in a small ski resort in the Pocono Region of Pennsylvania and earned a BA in Health and Exercise Science from Gettysburg College where he played Tennis and captained the Wrestling team. While at Gettysburg, he also became actively involved in Outdoor Education and later became their Assistant Director of Experiential Education where he trained students to become expedition facilitators. Upon graduation, he traveled throughout the US and Canada working as a rock climbing guide and naturalist before returning to the inner city of Philadelphia to begin his teaching career in first grade.
Since then, he has taught first and second grade in several independent schools in the San Francisco Bay area and abroad. He has also honed his administrative skills at CCUSA, a leading international staffing company where he worked with many of the Utah ski resorts. In 2013, he had the honor of teaching second grade internationally at Green School in Bali, Indonesia. Constructed solely out of locally harvested bamboo and permaculture design principles such as a hydroelectric vortex, Green School has been named the "Greenest School on Earth." He loves to share adventurous stories of his time there so be sure to ask him about the king cobras or rabid dogs!
Most recently, Brad has served as the Lower School Director of Beaufort Academy, an independent, PreK-12 school located in coastal South Carolina. He has also earned his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Sustainability from Antioch University.
At the core of his educational philosophy is his work to establish positive school climate through social emotional learning programs as he created at Beaufort Academy. Additionally, he believes that by educating the whole child through the arts and athletics, all students can maximize their potential. Throughout his career, he has worked with students, teachers, and parents to increase academic engagement and achievement by implementing an integrated project-based curriculum and he looks forward to continuing this work with the talented faculty and students at PCDS.
Personally, Brad is an avid mountain biker, backcountry skier, and surfer (although he has heard the waves are not very good in Utah). He also loves to work in the garden, practice yoga, and create artwork in his free time. He and his wife, Becky, can't wait to explore all of the natural resources that the Wasatch and Utah have to offer with their three children.