Science teacher takes leave of absence

Upper school science teacher Walt Werner has taken a medical leave after being diagnosed this past June with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph tissue. Doctors are confident that he will be in the hospital for a stem cell transplant within a month. The school has been very supportive and Werner hopes to be […]

Teachers attend Florida Round Square conference

Upper school history teacher Nini Halkett and middle school Spanish teacher Melissa Strong attended the Round Square School Association Conference in Boca Raton, Florida from Oct. 6-10, hosted by Saint Andrew’s School. Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts invited the two teachers to observe the conference to see whether Harvard-Westlake would join the association as it […]

Film teacher researches French director in Paris

Performing arts teacher Ted Walch spent a week in Paris during the summer researching French director Francois Truffaut’s “Les Quatre Cents Coups” at The Cinémathèque Française. He also walked the streets to visit sites where the film was shot. “For a long time I’d wanted to know even more than I’d been able to find […]

New teacher: Tim Schmall

Tim Schmall, a lighting designer, loved his job, but wanted something more permanent and exciting. After stumbling upon Harvard-Westlake he instantly knew what he wanted to do. After lots of phone interviews Schmall flew to Los Angeles where he was interviewed by former president Tom Hudnut. Working with eager Harvard-Westlake students is the thing. Schmall […]

New teacher: Jerome Hermeline

Native French speaker Jerome Hermeline will teach French III, French III Honors and French IV at the Upper School this year. Hermeline was born in northern France, and he spent seven years in Paris studying at the Sorbonne. Last year was Hermeline’s first year of substitute teaching French at the Alliance Francaise in Newport Beach. […]

New teacher: Jennifer Lechavallier '98

Jennifer Lechevallier ’98 will return to the middle school campus to teach French 1A, 1B and 1 New classes. After graduating from Bard College in New York with a B.A. in French Studies and a semester abroad in Paris taking classes at The University of Sorbonne IV. After college, Lechevallier pursued a career in film, […]

Team of 7 teachers to oversee 1-1 initiative

A group of middle school faculty members will serve as Technology Integration Specialists and oversee the one-to-one initiative planned for the 2013-2014 school year, Director of Studies Liz Resnick announced in an email to faculty. The first step of the Technology Plan includes the new requirement of seventh graders to bring their laptops to class. […]

Wagner to retire after 23 years

After 23 years of the customary workbook exercises, mnemonic tricks and “cookie of the week” traditions that characterize the middle school Latin curriculum, Latin teacher Joyce Wagner plans “to have no plans” following her retirement. When her younger sister passed away last year, Wagner was impelled towards evaluation of her own life. “As long as […]

Anderson to focus on painting

Middle school art teacher Brenda Anderson is retiring this year, 20 years after she first began teaching as an art substitute in the spring of 1994. Anderson teaches seventh grade art classes, Mixed Media I and II, and is the faculty adviser for the Arts Club. “I am retiring after a great run of 20 […]