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School Leadership

Head of School

Natalia Rico Hernández, Ed.D., joined Breck as Head of School in July 2017. Prior to her role at Breck, she served as assistant Head of School at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Hernández holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts in French and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, both from the University of Texas, as well as a Doctor of Education in Leadership, Policy and Organizations from Vanderbilt University.


Assistant Head of School

Patrick Phillips '87, Assistant Head of School, joined Breck in July 2015. He is a Breck alumnus (Class of 1987). He most recently was Head of Upper School at TASIS England, a leading international and American P-12 school located in Thorpe, England. Patrick has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from Middlebury College and a Master of Education in school leadership from Harvard University.  

Senior Administrative Team

Margaret L. (Peg) Bailey, Lower School Director, holds a B.S. from Drake University and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Bailey came to Breck in 1998 and previously served as principal of Edinbrook Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She has been a classroom teacher, summer program director, and principal of Zanewood Elementary School. She served on the Administrative Services Committee of the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS).


Wendy J. Engelman, Business Manager, holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and earned her CPA in 1984. Ms. Engelman came to Breck in 1996, as Controller/Assistant to the Business Manager. She served as Interim Business Manager from January June 1999.  She previously held a number of positions, including Assistant Vice President Accounting Manager, at ITT Consumer Financial Corporation in Minneapolis.


Schuyler H. (Sky) Fauver, Middle School Director, moved into the role of division director in 2008 after three years as the dean for grades 5 and 6. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s from Harvard University. Before coming to Breck, he was a teacher, coach and department head at the Fessenden School in Massachusetts.


Mary A. Healy, Director of Human Resources, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Ms. Healy came to Breck in 2000. She was previously human resources manager at Corporate Express. Prior to that, she held positions in human resources and training at The Company Store and Franchise Associates.


Jonathan (Jonny) Nicholson, Director of College Counseling, is a graduate of Kenyon College and holds an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University.  He has served in the admissions offices of Kenyon College, Vanderbilt University, Sewanee and American University and as Associate Director of College Counseling and house counselor at Phillips Academy and college counselor, registrar and teacher at The Field School in Washington, DC.


Thomas Taylor, Upper School Director, is a graduate of Oberlin College with degrees in Physics and Theater and has an M.A. in Independent School Leadership from Columbia University Teachers College.  Thomas comes to Breck from Riverdale Country School in the Bronx where he served as a teacher, coach, college counselor, Director of Financial Aid, and most recently as Dean of Students.


Scott D. Wade, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, came to Breck from the Spence School in New York City, where he was Director of Outreach and Public Purpose, a teacher, coach, and former head of the Science department. He has a B.S. from Gettysburg College and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College.