Meet the Admissions Team

Melissa Hong

Melissa Hong, Director of Admissions and Enrollment

In her role as director, Melissa oversees Hewitt’s K-12 admissions and enrollment. She was drawn to Hewitt’s innovative strategic vision; commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; and warm community of passionate families, learners, faculty, and staff. 

Prior to Hewitt, Melissa spent eight years as the director of early learning center and lower division admissions at Avenues: The World School, where she was instrumental in helping lead enrollment and retention efforts. In addition, she oversaw global campus transfers, collaborated with colleagues on various committees, and partnered closely with the Avenues Parents’ Association. 

Melissa earned a B.A. from Tufts University, where she majored in English and French, and an M. Ed. from Teachers College at Columbia University. A native New Yorker, she attended The Nightingale Bamford School and the Trinity School. Melissa lived in London, Hong Kong, and Singapore before moving back to Manhattan, where she lives with her husband and two sons. 

Jennifer Hickman

Jennifer Hickman, Associate Director of Admissions

As a member of the admissions team, Jennifer is thrilled to share Hewitt's mission and vision for young women with prospective upper school families. A graduate of a girls' high school, Jennifer understands the positive impact that a single-sex education can have in shaping future women leaders and realizing one's highest potential. 

Prior to coming to Hewitt, Jennifer worked in administrative positions at Teachers College, Columbia University, and at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has also served as an assistant teacher for middle school students through the Journeys Into American Indian Territory museum program and as a writer and research editor at a variety of magazines. 


Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in women's studies from Occidental College, a master's degree from NYU in humanities and social thought, and a master's from Teachers College at Columbia University in clinical psychology. Her personal interests include researching wellness and mind-body medicine practices and exploring museums and nature. Jennifer's two children fill her days with activities and joy.

 

Megan Shotwell

Megan Shotwell, Associate Director of Admissions

In her role as associate director of admissions, Megan enjoys meeting prospective middle school applicants and their families and introducing them to Hewitt’s joyful approach to learning. She is energized each day by Hewitt’s inspiring leadership and innovative vision for educating girls and young women. 

Prior to joining the Hewitt community, Megan served as co-director of high school placement at Rodeph Sholom School for eight years. During her 18 year tenure there she wore many hats, including enrollment associate, middle school assistant, and middle school advisor. 


Megan received a B.A. in international studies from Kenyon College and a master’s in social work from NYU. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, solving crosswords, and exploring Brooklyn with her two year old son. 

Iessa Sutton

Iessa Sutton, Admissions Operations Manager and Assistant Director of Admissions and Enrollment

As a member of our admissions team, Iessa oversees Hewitt’s admissions systems, processes, and data. Iessa was drawn to Hewitt’s vision for redefining women’s leadership and commitment to reshaping conventional assumptions about gender, power, and leadership in our society.

Prior to joining Hewitt, Iessa worked at Columbia University as the assistant provost for faculty diversity and inclusion, where she was responsible for facilitating all aspects of office budgeting, planning, and faculty development. She was also the campus operating officer at Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey, overseeing day-to-day operations, including finances, student enrollment and engagement, and community partnerships. 


Iessa earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, where she is a doctoral candidate in higher education administration. Her research focuses on the experiences of African American women who hold senior leadership positions at Ivy League schools, with a focus on resiliency and equity. In her free time Iessa enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and knitting.