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

To be “on fire” is to be achieving something extraordinary and important and to feel unstoppable in the process. At Hewitt, we are on a shared journey to give every girl opportunities to develop genuine excitement about something that will inspire her to perform at the very height of her abilities, to fan each girl’s inner sparks of possibility into full-blown flames of achievement.

read more about This Girl is on Fire
Tara Christie Kinsey and John Botti, Head of School, The Browning School

“Stressed out” is a tired expression in contemporary culture, and it can be easy to dismiss as a mundane complaint or mere conversation filler. But its overuse masks the real and troubling role that stress too often plays in school life today, particularly in the lives of high school students.

read more about Reframing and Reclaiming Stress
Tara Christie Kinsey

When people ask me what makes Hewitt so special, I often point to our long-held community value of being there for one another. This cultural value is deep in the school’s very roots and soil. At Hewitt, we show up for each other in caring and compassionate ways so that we can be the kind of people others can count on.

read more about You Can Count on Me
Tara Christie Kinsey

The Hewitt community is committed to the lifelong practice of preparing ourselves to connect meaningfully with others in order to make the world a better place. And when I see our community spread empathy to others, when I see us engage in civil discourse around difficult topics, when I see us learn about each other’s cultures and traditions, I see Hewitt at its best.

read more about “Be a Blessing to Somebody”
Tara Christie Kinsey

At Hewitt, we believe in the power of taking advantage of opportunities for girls and young women to engage in developmentally-appropriate discourse and to develop critical thinking skills. Hewitt faculty respond to genuine student inquiry and take advantage of teachable moments in a way that teaches students how to think, not what to think.

read more about Taking Advantage of Teachable Moments

Get to Know Dr. Kinsey

We invite you to learn more about our head of school by exploring the sections below. 


With over 20 years in education, Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and a lifelong learner, educator, and leader. In July 2015, Kinsey was appointed the 8th Head of School at The Hewitt School, a kindergarten through twelfth grade independent school for girls in New York City. Kinsey received her A.B. in English from Princeton University, where she was a varsity athlete, and her Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Kinsey is a teacher and scholar of modern and contemporary British and Irish literature. She began her teaching career at Peddie School and has since taught at Emory University, Oxford University, Georgetown University, and Princeton University.

Prior to Hewitt, Kinsey served as Associate Dean in the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University, where she worked closely with students to help them realize their full potential through formal advising and programming such as the Princeton Perspective Project and the Princeton Women’s Mentorship Program. As chair of Princeton’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Leadership, Kinsey was the recipient of two awards: the Nannerl O. Keohane Women’s Mentor Award, given to “the member of the Princeton University community who has done the most to mentor Princeton women students for leadership,” and the Marvin Bressler Award, given to “that member of the Princeton family who through heartfelt support of the University’s student-athletes and coaches, embodies a belief in the lifelong lessons taught by competition and athletics as a complement to the overall educational mission.” Prior to her work as an Associate Dean, Kinsey partnered with faculty, senior administrators, and the university president on Princeton’s $1.88 billion Aspire fundraising campaign.

Kinsey and her family live in New York City.

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Recommended Reading List From Dr. Kinsey



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