Mr. Dan Snyder
Mr. Dan Snyder is entering his third year at CSW. He teaches Upper School Omnibus, Logic and Rhetoric. Prior to joining the CSW staff, Mr. Snyder lived in New York City for six years.
Mr. Dan Snyder is the epitome of a “lifelong learner,” having most recently completed a degree in Liberal Arts and a certificate in screen writing, the culmination of a 20-year educational process beginning at Bryan College, passing through George Mason University with studies in philosophy, Mannes Conservatory in musical training and The New School in Manhattan where he has been working on post graduate studies in Liberal Arts.
In addition, Mr. Snyder was a military man, stationed variously around the east coast, first in the US Marines as an air traffic controller and computer specialist, and finally in the US Army Band in Washington, DC. Mr. Snyder has also worked in the video game and simulation industry as a programmer/designer and project manager, where he encountered and applied training theories and modern narrative forms.
Furthermore, the true “renaissance” man, Mr. Snyder has an extensive background in music having sung first around the country as a boy with his father and mother in their ‘Message in Music’ ministry, then in the Army Chorus in Washington, DC, followed by a career as a classical and operatic singer around the world.
Mr. Snyder and his wife, Tracee, have been married since the Orwellian year of 1984. The couple met at Bryan College, following in the footsteps of Mr. Snyder’s parents who also met at Bryan College. The couple has two sons, Everett and Ian, both of whom served in the US Marine Corps, having also grown up in the military life during their father’s service. Both sons are now out of the military; Everett is raising a family in Tennessee and Ian is teaching Upper School Art at CSW.
Mr. Snyder enjoys teaching at CSW because the classical model taught at CSW “offers the student preparation to enter into the ‘liberal’ and true freedom of Christ, an introduction to the tools and wisdom acquired by others in the past through their great rigor, and with their talent, by the gift of God.”
Beyond his students at CSW, the Mr. Snyder said the coolest person he ever met was a Marine survivor of the Baatan Death March.