Faculty Family Profile: Keeping Up with the Chaputs

The Chaputs are one of the most quintessentially Lawrenceville faculty families on campus—History Master and Assistant House Master of Griswold House Erik Chaput and English Master Katie Chaput are often spotted with their two boys, Caleb and Liam, in tow. Having joined the Lawrenceville community together in 2013, the Chaputs continue to maintain a large and significant presence around campus.

The Chaputs are one of the most quintessentially Lawrenceville faculty families on campus—History Master and Assistant House Master of Griswold House Erik Chaput and English Master Katie Chaput are often spotted with their two boys, Caleb and Liam, in tow. Having joined the Lawrenceville community together in 2013, the Chaputs continue to maintain a large and significant presence around campus.

As the Assistant Housemaster of Griswold, Erik Chaput strives to implement House Master Hunter Cuniff’s vision of the House as a “welcoming place for every student that’s there.” Erik Chaput said that he is “very happy to be a part of [Griswold]” under Cuniff’s leadership, and they have worked hand-in-hand to create a “family atmosphere” in Griswold. With both of his children living in the House, Erik Chaput comments that “Liam and Caleb think of [Griswold] as their house,” and he thinks that “it’s wonderful [for his children] to have good role models” within Griswold. Due to Erik Chaput’s heavy involvement in Lawrenceville athletics as the head of Lawrenceville’s track and field program, he said that “without question, [he gets] physically tired on Saturday night duty after a long track meet;” however, he finds it a rewarding aspect of his job, as he is able to “interact with [Griswold] boys and see them come together.” He further noted that the “benefits and positive interactions outweigh [his fatigue].”

Katie Chaput first started out as a duty master in Carter House but has since moved to Griswold. As she only became a duty master while Erik Chaput is the Assistant Housemaster, he takes on the bulk of the in-House responsibilities, which include giving permissions and doing Saturday duty, and she mentions that the arrangement helps them “balance as a family.” She also finds it much easier to live in the House as a family as “[her] boys are right there when [she’s] on duty, and they just run around the dorm with [her].” “Even though it's chaotic in terms of having all these boys here next to us,” Katie Chaput enjoys the living situation as “the boys that live here are so respectful.” Building on that idea, she described how she appreciates that , “when Caleb runs into the room, the [Griswold] boys know they need to watch their language.” In addition, she explains that her children “like the [Griswold] boys,” and they “definitely get excited when [she] lets them go play in the House.” Thus, she regards the House as a comfortable environment in which to raise her children.

The Chaputs have been a positive force on-campus in the classroom, on the track, and in the house.