John Millar Wands, Ph.D.

Title: English Language Educator, Researcher
Company: Cohasset High School
Location: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

John Miller Wands, Ph.D., English Language Educator and Researcher at Cohasset High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English language, literature and education.

Passionate about English literature from a young age, particularly the medieval and Renaissance works of Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton, Dr. Wands pursued a formal education at Canisius College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1968. Attending the University of Chicago soon thereafter, he earned a Master of Arts in 1970. Subsequently, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University in 1976, where he commenced his professional career as an instructor of English from 1970 to 1974. While studying toward his doctorate, he served in the same capacity in the European division of the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany, for one year. Later on, he acted as an assistant professor at Yale University and Carnegie Mellon University, having soon served Marlborough School as head of the English department. At the turn of the century, he was the academy dean of the Archer School for Girls and head of the English department at Notre Dame High School. He concluded his career in 2009 after serving as head of the English department at Cohasset High School for three years.

Dr. Wands has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and translated and edited the book “Another World and Yet the Same: Bishop Joseph Hall’s Mundus Alter et Idem” through Yale University Press in 1981. Affiliated with the Friends of UCLA Library, he also served as a reader for the Advanced Placement English Literature test with the Educational Testing Service from 1987 to 1991, where he was also a table leader and question leader.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Wands has been a frequent A. Whitney Griswold grantee of Yale University, Falk Foundation grantee, Elizabethan Club grantee and National Endowment for the Humanities grantee. He is also an Exxon Foundation fellow of the Newberry Library, the Council of Basic Education fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and a Calhoun College fellow. Married with one child, he enjoys photography, woodworking and traveling in his spare time. He was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the West.

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