Focus on Faculty: Howie Kalter

Howie Kalter says the thing he most loves about his job at Webb is that teachers are coaches as well as classroom instructors. You’re just as likely to find him poolside where he’s the assistant coach of the WSC water polo team as you will in the classroom leading sections of Integrated Math I and II.

Kalter himself has a boarding school background. He was Phillips Andover’s first All-American water polo player and was most recently a teaching fellow and coach at his alma mater.

A native of New Hampshire, Kalter first played water polo during the fall of 10th grade at Andover. “I’d been a competitive swimmer since I was 9,” explained Kalter. “But I needed a fall sport and I picked it [water polo] up pretty fast.”
At Bucknell University, from which he graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in physics, Kalter played 4 years of Division I water polo and finished his college career with 154 goals; he was also a member of the 2010 NCAA All-American Water Polo Team. After graduating, Kalter played professionally in New Zealand and served as a volunteer assistant water polo coach at both Bucknell and Brown Universities. He also had the honor of representing Team USA in the 2013 Maccabiah Games (an international Jewish multi-sport event) on what he describes as “the best water polo team I’ve ever played on – almost all the players were All-Americans, and several had played on the United States National Team.”
Kalter was drawn to Webb’s problem-based learning model. “There’s a lot more conversation and student-based learning,” he explained. “We really encourage students to participate in class.”
He’s also impressed with the effort his colleagues have gone-to to make sure that he has assimilated as a new teacher.
“Everyone is so friendly at Webb – and it’s not just the teachers, it’s the students too. People aren’t buried in their cellphones, everyone has time for a ‘hello’,” he said.

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