Upper School history teacher John Pulford joined Heathwood’s faculty in 1983—meaning that upon his retirement this spring, he will have been a member of the Heathwood community for half of the school’s history. But it’s not just the longevity of his tenure that earned him recognition as one of two 2016 Devanny Award winners. It’s the breadth and quality of his contributions to the school that have made him a true Heathwood institution.
In addition to being beloved as an inspiring teacher, Mr. Pulford has led many student trips, been a Johns Island Rural Mission Project Leader, and served as student council advisor and Upper School detention supervisor. He has been named Heathwood Upper School/Middle School Teacher of the Year, Liberty House Scholar, and SCISA Teacher of the Year. He has also been an active leader in the broader education community, serving as a member of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the National Council for Social Studies and a leader and coach for the Coalition of Independent Schools.
Mr. Pulford came to Heathwood from St. Croix County Day School in the U.S.Virgin Islands. He has also taught in Sao Paulo and Tehran—which is where he met his wife Marsie, also a long-time Heathwood teacher who retired in 2015. He holds a B.S. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and an MATfrom Northwestern University. While at Heathwood, he has taught everything from Ancient World Civilizations to American History and Middle East History.
“It is hard to imagine Heathwood without John Pulford,” says Head of School Chris Hinchey. “But we are thankful for the many years he has been with us.”