Congratulations to Betsy Fenzel ’97, who recently published her first book titled, “Heart of Gold.” This beautiful, uplifting story is a conversation between a mother and her daughter about the essential goodness in all of us. Betsy has a private therapy practice in the DC area and her experience with Internal Family Systems Therapy, Buddhist meditation, and mindfulness inspired her to write this book. For more information, visit www.betsyfenzelbooks.com #hackleyalumni
The past several weeks, we have had the privilege of hosting Hackley alumni who have returned to the Hilltop to share their work and experiences with our students. Many even traced their careers back to their time in a Hackley classroom!
Hackley alumnus Peter Smith '91, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and recording artist, returned to the Hilltop in November to perform for the Hackley community and spend some time with students in the jazz combo class.
John Gannon P ’21 has been named Hackley’s next Director of Advancement. As he enters his 25th year at Hackley, John is recognized for his deep commitment to building relationships with all members of the Hackley community and engaging them in the life of our School. As the Director of Advancement, John will lead efforts to ensure that Hackley continues to have the resources needed to provide a world-class education to young people throughout the region.
In May, Hackley hosted its Second Annual Research Symposium with 58 different projects showcased from the Independent Research Programs in science, English, history, and oral history, as well as projects funded by the Russ Hogg Grant for Creative Expression. Twenty concurrent sessions were held around campus.
James Pratt ’97 of Fly Honey Farms and Ms. Johnson took biology students into the hives for the first time this academic year. The students all had the chance to pull comb out and watch nature at work. Ms. Johnson is hoping to get at least two or three more classes out to the apiary this fall.
Hackley Review Winter 2017-18: By Margie McNaughton Ford ’85:Hackley has been my home since I was an infant. I took my first steps in the Grille Room, rode my tricycle on the quad, had my first my kiss on Clark Oval, learned to drive a stick shift on the Hackley hills, was married in King Chapel, and it was there we joined Hackley friends in saying farewell to my dad this past June. Hackley and I have an intimate history.