Samuel Prouty ’00
Samuel Prouty ’00 is the recipient of the 2010 Berkshire Taconic Foundation James C. Kapteyn Prize, which recognizes excellence in teaching that impacts the lives of students far beyond formal teaching duties. Prouty, an English teacher and dormitory head at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., began his career in education 10 years ago and has taught English since 2005. He coaches golf and debate; is a member of the student-faculty council and discipline committee; and was chosen to co-lead the Hotchkiss Antarctica expedition to Patagonia and Antarctica in the winter of 2008–2009. “Teaching allows me to touch lives while never ceasing to explore all that is interesting about the world around me,” says Prouty. He plans to use the $5,000 prize money to launch a public speaking competition at Hotchkiss and to fund a trip in which he will explore new places and new place-based literature that will provide him with fresh course material.