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John Monagan

John Monagan

Dean of Studies

 860-408-4221

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B.A., Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Drexel University

John Monagan grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut, where he attended Chase Collegiate School from 6th-12th grade. From Waterbury, John headed south to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in history. After four enjoyable years in Baltimore, John’s years in private school led him to The Ethel Walker School, where he taught history and English. John spent his first four years at Walker’s teaching 6th-9th grade history, and 6th-7th grade English. He has also spent time running student activities. John earned his Master of Science degree from Drexel University in Sports Management while working at Walker’s. He began as Walker’s athletic director in 2010 and he also teaches Advanced Human Geography. John also is the head coach of the varsity basketball and softball teams.


What is your favorite Walker’s tradition?

I love Thanksgiving Vespers. We gather in the chapel as the seniors share one by one, by candlelight, what they are thankful for. All throughout, the rest of the student body and faculty listen intently. However, there is always the undertone of the feast that awaits us after chapel, when we get to sit with our advisee group and laugh and eat together.

If you were to give advice to an incoming Walker’s student, what would it be?

Explore all of the opportunities that Walker’s offers. Don’t be afraid to take chances or to try something completely new. Your time at Walker’s will be time where you are encouraged to take chances. Who knows — you might just end up finding something you love.

What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker’s?

Watching our seniors walk down the aisle at graduation and knowing the background of how each shaped their unique story to get to that point.

What other roles do you hold on campus?

History Teacher, Varsity Basketball Head Coach, Varsity Softball Head Coach