Middle School

Middle School Faculty

Hackley’s Middle School teachers are dynamic and passionate about their work. They understand that “character is higher than intellect” and that effective effort leads to sustained academic achievement. They build engaging curriculum that develops curiosity and builds student leadership, where character work is implicit as students work collaboratively, “learn from varying perspectives,” and develop the tools to think deeply and critically.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff News

List of 8 news stories.

  • Merideth Maddox, Middle School Theatre teacher

    How Stories From Our Past Keep Us Connected in the Present

    In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Merideth Maddox, a Middle School Theatre teacher, shares a personal story about family connection. “As an actor and theatre teacher, I am drawn to stories. More than any script or fictional tale, though, I crave connection with others by hearing true stories from their lives, and sharing stories from mine.”
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  •  Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School

    Radical Self Love: Leaning into the Journey of Discovery and Growth

    In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School, explores the topic of Radical Self Love. “When the world shut down, one of my dearest friends and colleagues at Hackley introduced me to a book written by Sonya Renee Taylor. It was a book on radical self-love.”
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  • 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 Inclusivity

    Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School, will become Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusivity, 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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