Meet Our Faculty and Staff
Rowland Hall’s teachers are united in their efforts to teach the content, culture, and character that today’s students will need to succeed in college and the workplace. Additionally, three quarters of our teachers have earned or are pursuing graduate degrees and are highly qualified with an average of 17 years teaching experience in the classroom.
Rowland Hall’s financial commitment to professional development is unparalleled among its peer Utah schools. In addition to their commitments as teachers, advisors, mentors, and coaches, our faculty members take time to keep current on the latest learning research, teaching techniques, curriculum development, and technological trends.
Our teachers’ backgrounds and interests vary widely. In fact, many are transplants to Utah who were educated in colleges and universities nationally, and even internationally. Our students’ horizons are broadened when these multifaceted role models share lessons learned from their personal pursuits, whether in the arts, literature, recreation, or travel.
Above all, Rowland Hall students perceive teachers as creating a caring, well-structured learning environment in which academic risk is encouraged and expectations are high, clear, and challenging.
MFA, Poetry, University of Utah
Joel has been teaching Creative Writing and twelfth-grade English since August 2004. He received his BA and MA in English from the University of Northern Colorado and his MFA in Poetry from the University of Utah. Joel has published several books:
- Lessons in Disappearance (2012)
- Knowing Time By Light (2010 with a new collection in fall 2012)
- Winged Insects (1999), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize
- Chopin’s Preludes (2005)
In 2001 he received the Educator of Excellence award, and in 2009 he received both the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Literary Arts and the Writers Advocate Award from Writers@Work. Joel is the president of the City Art reading series and the founder and president of the Lake Effect Writers’ Conference. He raised two daughters who now live in Los Angeles. Watch Joel and other school community members read his 2014 poem, The Morning We Return, written about Rowland Hall.
Read more about Joel Long in Fine Print, the magazine of Rowland Hall:
- Mixing Fine Arts (June 2016)
- English Teacher Kate Taylor Joins Rowland Hall's Roster of Published Faculty (February 2016)
- A Poem for Peter: Coral Pink Sand Dunes (November 2015)
- Peter Hayes: More Than a Rowland Hall Legacy (November 2015)
- The Gift of Writing: Literary Magazine Wins Fifth Consecutive All-American (December 2014)