Community & Diversity
The Office of Community and Diversity at Belmont Hill provides a deep sense of belonging by supporting the School's mission of developing young men of character. The Diversity Action Plan calls for a comprehensive approach to this work and touches every constituent in our community in some way. We seek to notice, support, and leverage the enriching forms of difference in our community while also emphasizing all that binds us. The School's foundational idea of Working Together articulates our focus on collaboration and conversation among everyone. Finally, Belmont Hill offers a unique opportunity to do this work specifically within the context of a boys school. As is the case in many areas of learning within a boys school, we have a unique environment in which one can explore new ideas and grow.
Our motto of “Working Together,” is meaningful only if every boy on this campus feels a genuine sense of belonging: that he is loved, cared for, cherished. In order to fulfill our mission of developing men of good character, we must foster an environment in which empathy, compassion, and understanding thrive so that all voices are welcomed, listened to, and respected. We must be willing to walk in our brother’s shoes. This is how we best learn and grow here on the Hill.-Caleb Collins '93 Director of Community and Diversity
-Gregory J. Schneider
Ronald M. Druker '62 Head of School
Founded in the fall of 2008, Belmont Hill’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) strengthens relations among all of Belmont Hill’s alumni to enhance the diversity, openness and climate of the greater school community. MAP realizes these objectives through targeted programs, networking events and community outreach, all in collaboration with past and present students, parents, faculty, staff and trustees.
Mr. Collins is an alumnus of Belmont Hill (Class of '93) and has been teaching at the school since 2002. He teaches Geometry and Pre-Calculus. In addition, he is the director of Community and Diversity. Mr. Collins is a coach of the Third Basketball and Third Football teams.
Mrs. McDonald joined the Belmont Hill faculty in 2019. She teaches English III and English IV. She also advises Form III and coaches fourth soccer. Previously, Mrs. McDonald taught in the English Department at Dexter Southfield, where she also served as the department chair, the Community Service Coordinator, an advisor, and soccer coach. Mrs. McDonald holds an M.A. in English from the Breadloaf School of English and a B.A. from Middlebury College.
Mr. Rosser joined Belmont Hill School from Central High School in Knoxville, TN where he was an administrator, academic interventionist, and the Head Football Coach. With a coaching philosophy rooted in relationships, Mr. Rosser recorded 6 consecutive winning seasons including 3 state championship and back-to-back Class 5A State Championship wins. He graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.A. in elementary education in 2006 and a M.Ed degree in administration and supervision in December of 2007. As an undergraduate at Tennessee State, he became a four-year starter as a quarterback, finishing his career there among the top 10 in all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns. At Belmont Hill, Mr. Rosser contributes to the office of Community and Diversity with presentations and workshops; Coaches three seasons of sports including varsity football; Coordinates with the Admission Office to support outreach programming as well as working with student-athletes considering an application to Belmont Hill; and supports Health and Wellness programming.
Mr. Zellner joined the Belmont Hill faculty in 2018. He teaches English 2, American Literature, African American Literature, and African American Studies. Mr. Zellner also advises Form II and coaches third football and JV lacrosse. Previously, Mr. Zellner taught in the English Department of Bedford High School where he also served as an advisor for the Black Student Association, the Social Justice Working Group, the Global Committee, among others. In his time at Bedford, he also served as an assistant varsity football coach and the head coach of the JV lacrosse team. Mr. Zellner holds a M.A. in Teaching English from Tufts University and a B.F.A. in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College.
Belmont Hill School
Principles of Inclusive Teaching Practices
- Our relationships with our boys form the foundation of the Belmont Hill experience.
- We craft multiple pathways for students to engage in and participate in their coursework, and we strive to foster a classroom culture that values each member’s contributions.
- We seek to engage students in open dialogue and challenging conversations, acknowledging each member’s potential barriers to engagement.
- We respond productively to and learn from moments that run counter to the school’s inclusivity standards.
- We set clear expectations for all students. Recognizing that every student is different, we strive to help each work to his fullest potential.
- We reflect on, share, and challenge our own perspectives, biases, and gaps in understanding to improve our craft, and we recognize the role that self-awareness plays in fostering an equitable and inclusive school environment.
- We model and promote the importance of curiosity and life-long learning.
- We work to ensure that our students see themselves valued in our curriculum and our community.
As a school, we invest fully in achieving the goals of this aspirational statement on inclusive teaching practices to foster student achievement and develop young men of good character.