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Remembering Claire Arnod
Hewitt News

The Hewitt School mourns the loss of beloved French teacher and advisor Claire Arnod, who passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Our community of students, families, faculty, and staff grieve for our dear teacher, colleague, and friend.

Madame Arnod joined the Hewitt faculty in 2009 and was a true champion of our school over the last 11 years. She was an inspiring mentor, teacher, and advisor with boundless optimism and belief in her students and her colleagues. She gave her all to Hewitt and her passing leaves a hole in our community. She will be truly missed.

On June 30, the extended Hewitt community came together for a memorial tribute to Claire Arnod. Through photos, remarks from colleagues, and music performed by Hewitt's Renaissance Consort (of which Claire was a member), we honored her kindness and compassion and the legacy she will leave behind at The Hewitt School. At the memorial, student remembrances reminded us all of what a truly special teacher Claire was.

Madame Arnod tried to make French fun for us even when it wasn’t our strong suit. I have a younger sister and Madame Arnod gave me a French book for me to read to her. -6th Grade Student

She was so smart! I looked up to her and wanted to be like her. She pushed us to be better and that was one of the many things that made her a good advisor and teacher. -8th Grade Student

She encouraged me to participate in a French acting competition even when I didn’t think I could. -11th Grade Student

She congratulated me on getting into college. She was so genuinely excited for me, even though she wasn’t my teacher. She made me feel so happy and seen. -12th Grade Student

She was always my biggest cheerleader. I don't think I knew how much I actually needed that. -8th Grade Student

She asked how I was doing when I saw her in the elevator. People ask that question all the time, but Madame Arnod truly cared about the answer. -11th Grade Student

Our hearts go out to Claire Arnod’s family, and we hope that the support of the Hewitt community will continue to be a source of strength for them as they process this tragic loss. 


Claire Arnod holds a French textbook during an upper school French class

Madame Arnod was an inspiring mentor, teacher, and advisor with boundless optimism and belief in her students, her colleagues, and our school

Claire Arnod

French teacher and World Languages Department Chair Claire Arnod joined The Hewitt School in 2009

Faculty member Claire Arnod with lower school students at a table with apples

Over the course of her 11 years at Hewitt, Claire taught lower, middle, and upper school students

Faculty members Claire Arnod and Patrick Kochyan with an upper school student in front of the Eiffel Tower

Madame Arnod led several student trips, including this journey to Paris

Claire Arnod, Emily Bruner, and Patrick Kochyan pose in front of an art display made of hanging birds

Claire with her fellow trip chaperones Emily Bruner and Patrick Kochyan

Claire Arnod and Hewitt students at Notre Dame in Paris

With Hewitt students during a visit to Notre Dame

Claire Arnod and her eighth grade advisees dressed up for Halloween

Madame Arnod's advisory celebrating Halloween 

Claire Arnod with Hewitt colleagues Patrick Kochyan and Colleen Britt

Pictured here with fellow French teacher Patrick Kochyan and drama teacher Colleen Britt, Claire was beloved by her Hewitt colleagues