Mrs. Haywood joined our community in 2013 as the fifth grade English and history teacher. While continuing to teach full time, Mrs. Haywood earned her Masters degree, modeling lifelong learning for her students. Throughout her time at the Academy, she proved to be a respected and versatile faculty member, teaching sections of English and history to students from fifth to ninth grade. In addition to shaping students through her lessons in the classroom, Mrs. Haywood was always willing to provide extra help or support to fellow faculty members. Whether directing drama productions, advising aspiring journalists writing for The Hoplite, or coaching the cheer squad, she could always be found on campus helping others, connecting with members of our community, and promoting school spirit. Her enthusiasm, energy, infectious smile, and distinctive laughter were catalysts of great joy to everyone she met. She is survived by her husband, Mark, and children, Lucas and Kathryn. To honor her legacy, her family asks that in lieu of flowers, you consider making a donation to the Lisa Haywood Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In speaking with Mrs. Haywood’s family, they have expressed how wonderful it has been to learn more about her significant impact within the Academy community. Her family has found great comfort in memories, stories, and well wishes we have shared with them on behalf of the Academy community. We are continuing to collect photos and tributes for them, and would love to include a note from anyone who wishes to send one. If you would like to share a message with Mrs. Haywood’s family, please do so by emailing