Peter Nilsson

Assistant Dean of Faculty, English Teacher

Peter has taught English at Deerfield since 2000, with a four year hiatus as a musician in New York City.  Here at Deerfield, Peter has taught courses on Paradise Lost, intersections of literature and science, New England Poetry, British literature, and American literature.  A fan of Anglo-Saxon and Renaissance poetry, Peter often uses verse as a tool for teaching strong writing skills.    

As Assistant Dean of Faculty, Peter directs the Teaching Fellow Program and New Faculty Orientation, and he assists the Dean of Faculty in various projects.

Peter writes at Sense and Sensation, a blog about intersections between creativity, cognitive science, and education; and he maintains The Educator's Notebook, a newsletter that promotes innovation in education by collecting education-related news from around the web.  He is a member of the Advisory Board for SXSWedu.

Peter coaches thirds squash and ultimate (frisbee).