Meet Our ELL Director

ELL Director Peter ColeMr. Peter Cole attended Tabor Academy, which was an all-boys boarding prep school at the time. He earned a B.A. in History and Education from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (ELT) from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. (He played nine seasons of professional basketball in Europe). 

Peter is an experienced educator having taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and Business English for many years in Germany, Hungary, Japan and England. Most recently, he was the managing director and head of English Studies at the Center of Applied Learning. Prior to this, he was the associate director and head of English for the Language Institute at Germany's oldest private business school, the EBS University for Business and Law. From 2004 to 2008, he also taught English and Social Studies at the EuroSchule, which is a private high school in Germany. 

He is vice president of a social business charity organization that offers Ugandan single moms microcredit loans to set up small businesses whereby the profits are used to pay for school fees for their children. Peter has gained a strong insight into different cultures through these experiences abroad, and brings these insights to the Blue Ridge School. 

The support that our son received from Blue Ridge School was breathtaking. The teachers cared for Darryl as if he was their own son. They all did a great job preparing him for the real world. I thank them all for bringing out the best in him. - Marsha Smith (Darryl ’13, graduated from Cornell University.)