Nia Kilgore: Upper School Dean

Nia Kilgore landed the position of Upper School Dean after years of experience as a college counselor at various independent schools in the Los Angeles area. Kilgore worked as the Interim Director of College Guidance at Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School, an orthodox Jewish day school. Before working at YULA, Kilgore was the […]

Cairns to retire after 32 years

Upper School Dean Vanna Cairns announced her retirement to her students today via email. Cairns has worked at the school for 32 years, serving initially as a French teacher and eventually as both a Dean and a Choices and Challenges teacher. “I have been so very proud to represent the school every single day,” Cairns said in […]

Maude Bond: Dean

Maude Bond: Dean

Maude Bond replaced Rose-Ellen Racanelli as an upper school dean, bringing ten years of experience from both a high school counseling and a college admissions perspective. Previously, Bond was the associate director of college counseling at the United Nations International School in New York and worked as the Director of multicultural recruitment at Columbia University. […]

Racanelli to retire after 13 years of student counseling

Racanelli to retire after 13 years of student counseling

Upper School Dean Rose-Ellen Racanelli will retire this upcoming summer after 13 years of leading and guiding her students. “I think deep down in my heart, I will miss the kids the most,” Racanelli said. “It is a terrific group of young people who attend Harvard Westlake. They’re interested in growing academically, they take risks […]

Mastin to become principal of Laurence School

Assistant Head of Middle School Paul Mastin is leaving at the end of the year to become the principal at the Laurence School in Valley Glen. After 23 years at Harvard-Westlake, Mastin has decided that it is time for him to move forward after being both a dean and an English teacher. “I’ve always appreciated […]

Faculty, staff re-elect Schuhl to 2nd term

Science teacher Dietrich Schuhl will begin a second term as Dean of Faculty and Staff next year. Schuhl was first elected by upper school faculty and staff in 2013 for the two-year term and was re-elected this year in a race against Spanish teacher Joaquin Fernandez-Castro. The maintenance staff was able to vote in the […]

Carroll to become 7th grade dean

Although he will miss the competition and measureable progress of being a swim coach, Carroll said he is excited about becoming a dean next year. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to take [the incoming seventh graders] and help them become a part of our culture – but at the same time help manage […]

Adegbile to direct counseling at Cate School

Upper School Dean Tamar Adegbile will not return to school next year, she announced Jan. 7 in emails to students and parents. Adegbile will become the Director of College Counseling at the Cate School near Santa Barbara. Adegbile also served as Black Awareness and Culture club adviser, Film Festival judge, Prefect Council adviser and Honor […]

Adegbile to direct college counseling at Cate School

Upper school dean Tamar Adegbile will not return to school next year, she announced Wednesday in an email to students and parents. Adegbile will become the Director of College Counseling at the Cate School near Santa Barbara. She expressed appreciation for her 12 years at Harvard-Westlake to students during junior class meeting. “Though I will […]

Howard to become new dean

English teacher Adam Howard ’93 will join the dean team next year, replacing Jim Patterson, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts announced in an email to faculty and staff Monday morning. Next year, Howard will take over counseling duties for Patterson’s rising juniors, as well as counsel sophomores. Patterson’s current juniors will still be counseled by […]

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