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Brent Bell LD’14

Head of School

Brent was named Darlington’s 11th head of school in 2014. With two decades of experience in education, he holds a B.A. in History from the University of Richmond and an M.S. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his work here, Brent was head of Upper School at Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. He also served previously as assistant headmaster and dean of academic affairs at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., where he held the E. Craig Wall Family Mastership. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, Charlie (’22), Jack (’24) and Brent (’26).

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B.A. University of Richmond
MSEd Virginia Commonwealth University

Pre-K to 8 Music Teacher

July 16, 2024
The Fine Arts Department at Darlington School seeks a full-time Music Teacher for grades Pre-K through 8th grade beginning August 2024. The candidate must demonstrate broad knowledge and experience with current best practices in music curriculum, instruction, and performance. The candidate must have a genuine appreciation and passion for teaching children and a desire to work with all types of learners, along with a commitment to building and maintaining a music/choral program and their own professional development. Teachers work with grade-level and enrichment teachers to support the mission of Darlington School and provide a program that nurtures every child’s success.

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Fifth Grade Literacy Teacher

July 11, 2024
Darlington School seeks a Fifth Grade Literacy and Social Studies Teacher to join its Lower Grades teaching team. A Darlington teacher fully supports the mission and values of the school and has the primary responsibility for creating the best student experience possible in support of the school’s learning framework, The Cycle of Learning. The candidate should value the craft of teaching as much as the skills and content being learned, and would join a dynamic environment of teaching professionals who are continuously growing and collaborating. Teachers work with grade-level and enrichment teachers along with the administrative team to support the mission of Darlington School and provide a program that nurtures every child’s success.

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Episode 162: Reflecting on the Class of 2024

May 16, 2024
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell reflects on the Class of 2024 with Upper School Director Chad Woods, Student Body President Oliver Liu ('24), Honor Council President Maddox Andrews ('24) and Discipline Committee President Jennifer Hughes ('24). They discuss the senior class's academic, athletic and artistic achievements, as well as some of their most memorable moments as Darlington students.

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Episode 152: Department Head Spotlight: Melissa Smyly

March 7, 2024
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with English Department Head Melissa Smyly about what English education looks like at Darlington, her career journey and her extracurricular involvement on campus.

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Episode 142: Year in Review

December 28, 2023
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with Dean of Student Life Brant Evans, Director of Athletics Eddie Guth and Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell. Together, they recap the 2023 calendar year, sharing accomplishments within their departments, noteworthy moments and favorite memories from the year at Darlington. 

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Episode 134: Department Head Spotlight: Owen Kinney

November 2, 2023
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with Science Department Head Owen Kinney about his history at Darlington, his goals as department head and much more. This is the first in a new series highlighting each of Darlington's department heads.

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Episode 121: Darlington Tigers Football Preview

August 3, 2023
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with Head Football Coach Wayne Groves and seniors Jack Chandler, Connor Ellison and Mackay Rush about the Darlington Tigers' upcoming football season. They discuss Coach Groves' coaching philosophy, how the team has been preparing, their goals for the season and what they're most excited about. 

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Bell, Atkins ('99, LD '15) named to TABS Board of Trustees

June 28, 2023
Head of School Brent Bell and alumnus Sean Atkins ('99, LD '15) have been named to the Board of Trustees of The Association of Boarding Schools.

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Episode 109: Reflecting on the Class of 2023

May 11, 2023
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell reflects on the Class of 2023 with Upper School Director Chad Woods, Dean of College Guidance Ivy Brewer, Student Body President Collin Rego ('23) and Honor Council President Anaya Desai ('23). They discuss the senior class's academic, athletic and artistic achievements, as well as some of their most memorable moments as Darlington students.

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Episode 97: Checking in with College Athletes

February 16, 2023
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with several Darlington alumni who have gone on to successful collegiate athletic careers. He chats with Trinity Andrews ('21) of Oregon State University gymnastics, Cade Brock ('20) of the University of Georgia football team and Russell Shealy ('18), a recent graduate of Syracuse University and member of the men's soccer team. They share about their experiences as Division I athletes and how Darlington prepared them for that experience. 

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