Aspire Program Celebrates Hill Faculty

The Hill School's Senior Masters

In 2014, a substantial gift to the School from Preston G. Athey ’67, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Nancy, enabled the creation of Aspire, a tiered faculty compensation model at The Hill. The Aspire program enables teachers to build their expertise and tenure as they rise through the ranks of Fellow, Instructor, Athey Family Master, and Senior Master. Faculty may apply for promotion to a higher tier. 

Eight talented men and women were promoted through the Aspire program for the 2019 - 20 academic year: Chris DeLucia P'13; Mark Pearson, Ph.D. ’78 P'20;  and Bill Yinger ’95 have been promoted to Senior Masters. Dan McMains ’98, Diane Richards P'21, and Ed Turner now are Athey Family Masters; Will Scully and Laura Wann have been promoted from Fellow to Instructors.

Hill School Aspire Teachers:

Senior Masters: Chris DeLucia P'13; Elizabeth A Dollhopf P’21 '23; W. Christopher Drowne ’89; Matthew Gettings; Harlow C. “Ned” Ide, III P’09 ’13; Joe Lagor P’09 ’10 ’12 ’21; Kathy Malone, Ph.D.; Margie Neiswender P’22; Ellen Nelson P’10 ’13; Mark Nelson P’10 ’13; Mark Pearson, Ph.D. ’78 P'20; Bill Yinger ’95

Athey Family Master: F. Christopher Chirieleison ’85 P’18 ’19 ’21; Stephen N. Ciraolo; John Giannakis P’20; Katy Hudak P’21 '24; Patrick G. Lake, Ph.D. P'24; Yoon Soo Lim P’17 ’18; Ramonita Marcano-Ogando, Ph.D.; Daniel McMains ’98, Erik K. Mortenson; Courtney Neese ’00; Diane Richards P'21 '23; Jay Spencer P'24; Edward Turner

Fellow: Katharine Erikson, Ph.D.; Wyatt Fabian '14; Sophia Gantenbein; Laura McConney; Amanda Molitor; Becca Shipper '14;  Avi Vemuri; Philip Yoo

Read more about all of our Aspire teachers below:



The Hill School's Tiered Faculty System:

20+ Years of Teaching Experience
10+ Years at The Hill
Master's Degree

12+ Years of Teaching Experience
Master's Degree

3+ Years of Teaching Experience

Up to 3 Years of Teaching Experience
Bachelor's Degree