A Leader in Learning

Grauer is the academic engine at Pomfret.

Though our school is more than a century old, we embrace a vision for curricular change that rivals the newest and most innovative schools in the country. Created through a generous gift from former Board Chair Peter Grauer and his wife Laurie, the Grauer Family Institute for Excellence and Innovation in Education is a thought leader in secondary education.

At Pomfret, the Institute makes significant resources available for faculty to experiment with emerging teaching methods and pursue ongoing professional development so that they may design and deliver innovative programs in and out of the classroom.

Gwyneth Connell

Gwyneth Connell

Director of the Grauer Family Institute
A veteran of independent school education, Connell brings a breadth and depth of experience to the position. Over the course of her career, she has taught history at Millbrook School in New York and Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn; served as dean of faculty at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts; and most recently, worked as dean of teaching and learning at Blair Academy in New Jersey. She holds a master's degree in private school leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University (2007) and a bachelor's degree in American studies from Amherst College (2000). Connell is a 1996 alumna of Peddie School.