Lower School

Lower School Faculty

Hackley Lower School teachers create a warm and nurturing environment that encourages excitement for learning, joy in discovery, and confidence in taking on new challenges and collaborating with others. From the earliest grades, our teachers engage students in the school’s culture of respect and welcome framed by our mottos, “United, we help one another,” and “Enter here to be and find a friend.”

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff News

List of 8 news stories.

  • Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School, will become Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusion.

    Cyndy Jean Appointed as Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusion

    Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School, will become Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusion, effective July 1, 2021.
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  • Flag at half-mast by the Upper School.

    Civil Discourse is Rooted in Hackley's Mission

    In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Andy King, Director of the Upper School, explores the topic of civil discourse in education, and reflects on a statement from a very wise Hackley debate student—"elections set the tone for national discourse." 
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  • Claudia DeSantis, Classics Teacher

    News from the Classics Department

    (By Dr. Pierce, Classics Department Chair, MS DEI Coordinator) This article is long overdue, but fortunately we were able to celebrate our scholars at an online ceremony in the spring.  At that time, we also bid farewell to the wonderful Claudia DeSantis who retired after 5 years on the Hilltop.  Her 6th grade class spearheaded an initiative to make a movie of memories and fun in her honor, and we watched it all together during the party.

    She was so touched, and I’m sure she has watched the video over and over again.
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  • Michael C. Wirtz P ’29, P ’31

    From the Head of School

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020) Several months ago, we chose to focus on character in this issue of Hackley Review. In light of the current global state and the new reality we are all facing, that decision seems almost prescient. We are living through what we can only hope is a once in a lifetime moment, one that requires resolve, integrity, cooperation, ingenuity, and the need to act in the collective best interest. Simply put, it requires character.
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  • Suzy Akin

    Hilltop Updates

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020) Suzy Akin, Lee Oshman, Stacy Kaegi, Jean Nadell, Madeleine Lopez ’97, and Chris McColl are leaving the Hilltop this June.
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  • Sheila Hicks-Rotella

    Sheila Hicks-Rotella Joins the Hackley Admissions Team

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020) Sheila Hicks-Rotella will serve as Hackley's Director of Enrollment Management, effective July 1, 2020.
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  • Cast members performing Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors in Hackley's Performing Arts Center.

    This Good Place: Living Our Core Values on the Hilltop

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020: Story By Chris McColl) When I came for my interview at Hackley in November 2006, I immediately sensed that Hackley was unlike the other schools I had visited. It was hard to put my finger on, but I remember thinking of the scene in Being There where Chance (Peter Sellers) walks into the hyper-oxygenated room of the dying Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas). Having never encountered such rarified air before, Chance inhales deeply, smiles, and says, “Ooooh. I feel good in here, Ben!”
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  • Pop Lindsay in his classroom.

    To Grow in Character, Scholarship and Accomplishment

    (Hackley Review Summer 2020: Story By Suzy Akin) When a thoughtful committee representing all Hackley’s constituencies came together in 2005 to consider and, ultimately, rewrite the School’s mission statement, the new statement presented to and approved by the Board of Trustees led with these words: “Hackley challenges students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment.”
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