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Head of School

Mr. Peter Thayer

With over forty years of experience in independent schools, Mr. Thayer is ready and eager to take Radcliffe Creek to the next level. Picking up the baton from Mrs. Meg Bamford, Mr. Thayer is excited to elevate the Radcliffe Creek experience to new heights and further build on the mission and philosophy set by our Founding Head, Mrs. Molly Judge.

About  Mr.Thayer

As Acting Head of School since July 1, 2022, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website to learn more about how our compassionate educators help young neuro-divergent and neuro-typical learners find their way to success. My journey here has been a rich and rewarding one, and I am delighted to learn from and encourage such a dedicated group of professionals about the many ways to personalize learning.


I got my start as an “educator” tutoring math to a third grader at West Philadelphia’s Samuel Gompers Elementary School, and then in high school I ran a day camp for three summers with my sisters, and later began my independent school career outside Detroit and Denver where I taught, coached, and served in administrative roles in college guidance and admissions. In 1988 my family and I moved back east to become the Head of Middle School at Lancaster Country Day School (PA) where I served for 19 years. My wife Francie and I then relocated to Galena, Maryland in 2008 when I became the second Head of School at St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Middletown, DE, serving until 2019. 


To prepare for this calling, I earned my B.A. from Williams College (MA) with an English major and a minor in Environmental Studies, where I also played soccer and squash, back before you had to be recruited to play. I later received my Master’s from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, which felt like a serious summer camp for English teachers. When not encouraging young learners and their teachers and parents, I can be found in the garden, on the pickleball court, visiting our children and extended family, or cheering on my favorite teams.


Right now, my favorite team is Team Radcliffe. At Radcliffe we educate talented, average and above-average students, many with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, or other learning challenges, and some on the spectrum with executive function and attention issues, or other interferences to learning. We utilize creative, hands-on, multisensory, and research-based programs and methodologies to develop reading, writing, spelling, math, and organization skills; promote curiosity and joyful learning; and prepare students for the academic and socio-emotional challenges of high school and beyond.


I invite you to navigate your way through this informative new website to unlock the many ways that our students at RCS come to Discover, Create, and Thrive!

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