Trackside Teen Center of Wilton will welcome Dr. John Priest to the Trackside community following his election to the Board of Directors at its Jan. 18 board meeting.

Priest has been a 6th grade teacher for 23 years, the last 13 of which have been in Wilton at Middlebrook School. After growing up in nearby Brookfield, he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and later received his Masters and Doctoral degrees at Western Connecticut University.

Priest and his family moved to Wilton in 2014 shortly after his wife, Heather Priest began working as the culinary arts teacher at Middlebrook School and his daughters began kindergarten at Miller-Driscoll School.

“After teaching and living in many towns throughout western Connecticut over the years I realized what a special place the town of Wilton was. Heather and I wanted to raise our girls in this family-friendly town that places such a high value on education,” Priest says, noting he hopes to bring his love of teaching middle school and his commitment to community into his role on the Trackside board.

“We are excited to have Dr. Priest join our board,” says Mark Ketley, executive director. “His passion, energy and love for the children of our teen community is a terrific fit for us.”

For more information on Trackside and upcoming events, please visit the Trackside website.