Troy Urquhart

Born in northwest Florida, Troy Urquhart received his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of West Florida. He serves as Director of Professional Development at Montverde Academy, an independent international boarding school in central Florida where he teaches courses in writing and American literature and coaches the school's distance runners. In 2010, Troy was selected as teacher of the year; in 2011, he was the recipient of the school's yearbook dedication; and in 2012, he was named as a member of the school's inaugural class of master teachers.

Troy is the author of Springtime Sea Bathing (Greying Ghost Press,  2010), a former contributor to Vouched Books, and the editor of Willows Wept Review. His poetry has appeared in journals including PANK Magazine, NCTE's English Journal, Mud Luscious, elimae, and > kill author. His scholarly publications include articles in Twentieth-Century Literature, The Literary Encyclopedia, Romanticism on the Net, and The Explicator as well as reviews for PANK Magazine and The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. His freelance writing has included work for Houghton Mifflin and for Freedom Communications.

Since 2005, he has served as a reader and table leader for the College Board's Advanced Placement English Language and Composition examination. He also served as a faculty advisor for the Thoreau Society, contributing to the curriculum to accompany the documentary film Life with Principle.

Troy is a certified Level I coach with USA Track and Field, and he has served as head coach of the Cross Country teams and as assistant coach of the Track and Field teams at Montverde Academy since 2006, with distance runners advancing beyond district competition every year since 2008. In 2011, the girls cross country team was runner-up in the Lake-Sumter County Championships. In the spring of 2012, the girls 4x800m relay team advanced to the state finals. And in the fall of 2012, the girls cross country team was ranked tenth among 1A schools in the state and won the Lake-Sumter County Championships.

Troy is a member of the Modern Language Association, USA Track and Field, Florida Athletic Coaches Association, Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity, the Cum Laude Society, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.