On Pieper’s Prudence: A Virtue for the Great-Souled

Lower School Head Colin Gleason leads a discussion with Tom Cox and Austin Hatch on Prudence, as presented by Josef Pieper. Often we understand this virtue as nothing more than a cunning tactic, when in reality, prudence is far more. The virtue encompasses a capacity for silence, a understanding of reality, and an ability to make right decisions. Prudence is a virtue for the magnanimous. Listen in to learn more.

Colin Gleason

About the guest:

Colin Gleason


Colin Gleason serves as Head of the Lower School. Joining the faculty of The Heights in 2003, Colin has taught three years of Third Grade homeroom, three years of Natural History; he served as Director of Admissions for four years, and now Head of the Lower School for seven. Colin graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Classics. While at W&L, he was a member of the University Peer Counselors, the school’s a capella singing group, and the varsity basketball and rugby teams. He now teaches Storytelling to each grade in the Lower School in addition to his position as Lower School Head. He is also the Head Varsity Soccer Coach. During the summer, Colin directs The Heights Soccer Camp and The Dangerous Camp for Boys. He and his wife, Nicole and their four children reside in Silver Spring.

Austin Hatch

About the guest:

Austin Hatch


Austin Hatch began teaching at The Heights in 2004. He teaches English and The History of Western Thought. He returned to the school in 2012 after two years in Houston, Texas as assistant headmaster, athletic director, basketball coach, and homeroom teacher at Western Academy. He has taught natural history, English, and writing. He began his teaching and coaching career at St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC in 1996. He holds a B.A. in English from the Catholic University of America and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. Austin’s wife, Elizabeth, is a family physical therapist and a home-schooling mother. The Hatches have six children: Kiley, John Austin, Samuel, Beatrice, Flannery, and Ezekiel.

Tom Cox

About the guest:

Tom Cox


Born and raised in Southern California, Tom Cox attended Hillsdale College in Michigan. After college, he went on an 18,000 mile road-trip exploring America and, while touring the country with his barbershop quartet, was offered this job at The Heights. Four years, two broken ankles, and one wedding later, he is enjoying life in Northern Virginia with his wife, Nicole, and three daughters. When he isn’t speaking, reading, or writing Greek and Latin, he enjoys reading, hiking, swing dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

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