McCullough departs to pursue a new career

After teaching The World and Europe II and United States History classes for the past three years, history teacher Pat McCullough will leave the school to pursue a career in instructional design and educational technology. “This job will have me spending more time on how best to structure learning experiences and will also let me […]

Schroeder to retire after 29 years to enjoy her hobbies

School registrar Virginia Schroeder will retire after 29 years at the school in order to pursue her interests in photography and painting, and to travel with her husband. “We have visited many European countries and traveled quite a bit in the UK, Canada and the U.S.,” Schroeder said. “We’d like to add to that list. […]

Bergman plans to leave to teach at Geffen Academy at UCLA

History teacher Elizabeth Bergman will depart from the Upper School to continue her career at Geffen Academy at the UCLA next year. Bergman joined the history department this past fall, and taught Advanced Placement United States History, United States History and The World and Europe II. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and […]

Salamandra to retire after 41 years of teaching at the school

Senior alumni officer Harry Salamandra will retire after 41 years at the school, 15 of which he spent as Head of Upper School. President Rick Commons wrote a tribute to Salamandra in the third digital edition of the HW Life Magazine, reflecting on how his leadership gave rise to many student-led programs that persist to […]

McClain to work remotely from Washington

After 13 years at the school, Upper School Scheduler, Chair of the Upper School Faculty Academic Committee (FAC) and science teacher Krista McClain will move to Seattle, Washington with her family in late July. Next year, McClain will continue working for the school remotely, mostly assisting with the transition to the new schedule. She will […]

Hinden to retire after 30 years at the school

Director of the Institute for Scholastic Sports Science and Medicine David Hinden is retiring after almost 30 years at the school. Hinden has served the community in many different roles, including teacher, Dean of Faculty and coach for both the Mock Trial and Moot Court teams. Hinden taught Genetics and Biotechnology, Honors Biology, Chemistry and […]

Stewart to move back to Seattle, will teach chemistry

Science teacher Chelsea Stewart will leave the school to continue her passion for teaching Chemistry at Lakeside School in her hometown of Seattle, Wash. “I have had a fantastic time at the school and learning the personality and humor of each of my classes,” Stewart said. Since chemistry was one of her favorite subjects as […]

O’Malley to retire after 39 years, pursue screenwriting

After 39 years teaching photography and video art, Upper School Visual Arts Teacher Kevin O’Malley will leave the school at the end of this year to pursue his career as a screenwriter in Maine. O’Malley came to Westlake school before the merger. He believes that teaching the generations of artists during the different stages of […]

Halkett departs from ‘friendly and caring’ community

Upper school history teacher Nini Halkett will be leaving the department after 30 years at the school. She plans to travel to the places she has taught about in AP Human Geography and International Relations, spend time with family and volunteer. “For the most part, [I am retiring] because there are other things that I […]

Neisser to retire, travel the world in his free time

History teacher Ken Neisser will retire after 10 years of teaching at the school in order to relax, spend more time traveling with his wife and pursue interests he did not have time to focus on while teaching. “I want to rejoice in things that I will have time to do,” Neisser said. “I would […]