Dr. David Cutts joined the district as a teacher of English at Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) - Newark in 2012. It was a perfect placement for him as it allowed him to draw on his experiences as a college professor and as a high school teacher. His journey has taken him from the small coal mining town where he was born in South Yorkshire, England, to the University of Warwick in England, where he earned his B.A. (Hons.) in English and American Literature, to graduate school at the University of Miami in Florida, to his first college position as a professor of English and director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Southampton College on Long Island, to Princeton University’s English Department, and now to Bard and Newark. He recognizes that education has been his passport to great experiences, discoveries, and relationships.
Along the way, Dr. Cutts became a 3rd Degree Black Belt in the American Taekwondo Association, taught taekwondo in Hillsborough and Basking Ridge to kids ages 5-65 for many years, and competed at a local, state, and national level.
Dr. Cutts and his wife, Donna, have two children: Christian, a sophomore studying Engineering at Rutgers New Brunswick, and Catie, about to be a senior in high school, and interested in a career in education. Dr. Cutts also has a daughter from his first marriage: Emily works for a children’s advocacy center in Boston as a forensic interviewer.
With twenty-five years full-time college teaching experience, ten years as a teacher of English, and four as a Department Chair at Bard, Dr. Cutts is now the proud principal of BHSEC Newark.