In a previous chapter of his career, when Sam was a high school English teacher, he fell in love with Middlebury and life in Vermont during the summers he spent studying at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sam joined Middlebury’s admissions staff in 2014 and was appointed Director of Admissions in 2019. He began his career in college admissions at Swarthmore College, his alma mater, where he earned a BA in English and economics. Sam then spent a total of 11 years on the high school “side of the desk” as a college counselor and award-winning teacher at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts; he sustains a connection to secondary-school life as a trustee at the Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY. Sam is a frequent guest speaker on all matters pertaining to college admissions, and he enjoys dispensing free college admission guidance—so don’t hesitate to ask him your questions. He and his family enjoy exploring Vermont’s natural beauty by bicycle, kayak, hiking trail, and ski run.