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.

  • Director of Academic Affairs Basil Kolani

    Hackley Perspectives: What We Learn by Traveling Around the World

    In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Director of Academic Affairs Basil Kolani writes about Hackley’s Global Education program and reflects on his recent Round Square trip to Africa. "That we are able to provide opportunities to learn alongside others around the world is a truly special part of a Hackley education," Mr. Kolani notes. Read the post here.
  • Dr. Lauren Rigby and Dr. Rafi Malkiel

    Hackley Performing Arts Faculty to Conduct All-County Groups

    Congratulations to Hackley String Orchestra Director Dr. Lauren Rigby and Jazz Bands Director Dr. Rafi Malkiel on being selected by the Westchester County School Music Association board to conduct All-County groups this year!
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  • Director of Advancement John Gannon P ’21

    Hackley Announces New Director of Advancement

    John Gannon P ’21 has been named Hackley’s next Director of Advancement.
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  • Tessa Johnson (left) and laboratory assistant Lynn DeMichele (right) visited Andy Retzloff (center) in the Adirondacks last summer.

    A Legacy of Learning: Faculty Mentorship on the Hilltop

    Ask any member of the Hackley community, and they are likely to tell you that people are what make Hackley, well, Hackley. Throughout its storied 123-year history, the students, alumni, families, staff, administrators, coaches, and faculty have made this institution what it is today. It is those same people who continue to champion Hackley’s legacy. 
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  • As part of Hackley’s Communications Office, Wade captures the essence of student life on the Hilltop.

    From Paper News to the Ultra-Small Screen

    A lot can change in a decade, and we see that in the educational, experiential and physical growth right here on our campus. In the Communications Office at Hackley, how we share stories with and about our community has also changed.
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  • Hackley Welcomes New Members, Roles to the Community

    On July 1, 2023, Hackley officially welcomed the School’s 13th Head of School Charles Franklin to the Hilltop. Additionally, former Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusivity Cyndy Jean assumed the role of Associate Head of School, and former Middle School history teacher and dean Damon Hall stepped into the position of Assistant Director of the Middle School.
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  • Ars Vivendi: A Personal Reflection on Italy

    In March 2023, a group of Upper School students and chaperones visited Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan in Italy. In this Hackley Reflections piece, Dr. Richard Robinson, Upper School English teacher and one of the trip’s chaperones, reflects on his experience traveling throughout Italy.
  • Director of the Upper School Andy King delivers the final Chapel Talk of the 2022–2023 school year.

    Hackley Perspectives: Doubt, Certainty and Confidence

    In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, adapted from his Chapel Talk to the Class of 2023, Director of the Upper School Andy King encourages students to find the balance between doubt and certainty by living “a life marked by confidence with perhaps a new way of thinking about confidence. The pursuit of confidence is not the eradication of doubt nor the attainment of certainty. A confident person is someone who understands their doubts and manages them enough to move from doubting to doing and from questioning to acting.” Read the post here.
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