Head of School

Welcome to The Hewitt School

Hewitt’s motto--“By Faith and Courage”--is evident in everything we do. Where most high-achieving girls are socialized to be perfect and play it safe, Hewitt girls learn to have faith in themselves and have the courage to take risks and bounce back from failures. Where most high-achieving girls are asked to focus exclusively on curating the perfect resume, the Hewitt girl is hard at work on her inner resume as she achieves academically. I invite you to see what makes Hewitt such a distinctive place for girls and young women to learn and grow into a world of expanding opportunity, and how Hewitt is empowering the next generation of women leaders, one at a time--from the inside out.

Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey, Head of School and Parent, Class of 2027

Writings and Reflections by Dr. Kinsey

Tara Christie Kinsey

If you are anything like me, you are apt to jump headlong into your "To Do" list. Yet recently I learned about the benefits of setting your "To Do" list aside (if only for a few moments) in order to make a "Done" list. I gave it a try and found it to be a helpful little exercise to bring closure to the winter break and get myself in the right frame of mind to return, with presence, to my work at Hewitt, especially at the outset of the new year.

read more about My Winter Break “Done” List
Tara Christie Kinsey, Suzanne Baillie, and Juan Sabater

This fall, the Anti-Racism Task Force met with members of the Hewitt community to address institutionalized racism both in the world and at Hewitt. Their work culminated in a set of recommendations that the Hewitt Board of Trustees has unanimously approved. We look forward to working with the entire community as we begin to implement the Task Force's recommendations and continue our work to make Hewitt an actively anti-racist institution.

read more about Anti-Racism Task Force Update
Tara Christie Kinsey

As a girls’ school whose mission is to inspire girls and young women to become game changers and ethical leaders, The Hewitt School acknowledges and celebrates a truly historic moment in women’s history as Senator Kamala Harris becomes the first woman, the first Black woman, the first woman of Southeast Asian descent, and woman of color to be elected vice president.

read more about History in the Making: Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris
Tara Christie Kinsey

In the midst of this uncertain time and on the eve of the presidential election, my fellow independent school leaders and I feel our students deserve to hear from us about the things for which we all stand, the principles in which we all believe. For in this season of bitter partisanship, we must remember that there is so much more that unites us than divides us.

read more about Rising Above the Rancor: A Letter to Students at an Historic Moment
Tara Christie Kinsey

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only changed the course of American law but also fundamentally altered the roles of men and women in American society to be more equitable and just. Inspired like so many others by her example, I wish to share five lessons that I believe Justice Ginsburg’s extraordinary life can teach us about how we all can grow into ever more expansive, whole, meaningful, and impactful lives at Hewitt and beyond.

read more about Five Lessons from Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Tara Christie Kinsey

Our mission explicitly calls for girls and young women to immerse themselves in some of the most pressing, transdisciplinary real-world problems right here in New York City. In the months and years ahead, Hewitt students will build their leadership capacity and sense of purpose as they participate in the rebuilding of our beloved city and world in a time of great and urgent need.

read more about A Mission for These Times: Forging a More Equitable, Sustainable, and Joyous Future
Tara Christie Kinsey

The reason I believe in girls’ schools—and the reason I believe in The Hewitt School in particular—is because we aren’t just teaching girls and young women foundational knowledge in academic disciplines; we are teaching girls and young women to develop the courage, skills, tenacity, and perseverance required to get off of the sidelines and get into the arena. And this requires us to get out of the “play it safe” mindset of chasing credentials and face our fears in order to challenge the status quo and make a difference.

read more about The Woman in the Arena
Tara Christie Kinsey, Suzanne Baillie, and Juan Sabater

Hewitt will develop an Anti-Racism Action Plan to be presented to the Board of Trustees in November 2020. The plan will be developed by an Anti-Racism Task Force that will be charged with working in collaboration with the new Equity and Community Life Committee of the Board to evaluate and recommend schoolwide protocols, policies, systems, and infrastructure to ensure that Hewitt becomes an actively anti-racist school.

read more about A Call to Action: Anti-Racism at Hewitt

Get to Know Dr. Kinsey

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