Jack McDermott '08

Ceramics teacher and 7th Grade advisor
Ceramist. Dog-dad. Target shopper.

School is out which means we are wrapping up #FacultyFriday until the fall, but you don’t want to miss this week’s feature – ceramics teacher and Field alum Jack McDermott ‘08! Jack is a D.C. native and has been working at Field for almost 10 years. He graduated from Field in 2008 and in 2014 returned to his alma mater as a teacher! Keep reading to find out what Jack loves most about working at Field!

Where did you grow up?
Washington, D.C.

What is your alma mater?
Skidmore College (BA), Hood College (MFA)

What is your favorite book or podcast?
My favorite podcast is Criminal.

What is something that people at The Field School might not know about you?
My dad and I share the same birthday (December 2nd) and my mom and my brother share the same birthday (August 19th). Totally unplanned and coincidental! 

What hobbies do you have outside The Field School?
Traveling. I am always looking for a new, exciting place to explore, whether it is an hour drive or an international flight. My wife and I also enjoy searching out and exploring different antique stores and thrift shops, primarily looking for mid-century modern decor (such as swung vases - look them up!) to fill our new house. And obviously spending time with my two dogs, Hickory and Mutsu. 

What was the first concert you ever attended?
The Saw Doctors at The Birchmere. They're an Irish rock band. 

If you could share one piece of advice with your younger self, what would it be?
Don't worry as much about what other people think of you. Be confident in what you bring to the table.

What do you love most about working at The Field School?
Many things, but one stand-out part is the other faculty members I get to collaborate with every day. I've been fortunate to work with and learn from many different faculty members (both new and old) over the past nine years, who all love to learn, and who are as passionate about their subject/area of expertise as I am about mine. The teachers at Field are what I loved most about the school when I was a student, and they, along with the non-teaching faculty, continue to be an important feature now that I am a teacher myself.