Maureen Burgess currently is the K-12 Dean of Teaching and Learning and the Head of Middle School at The Hewitt School, an independent girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She received her Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University in 2000 before beginning a career in independent school education. In 2011, she founded the Center for Teaching and Learning through Writing (CTLW) at Hewitt, which focuses on writing to learn across the curriculum. A middle, upper, and post-secondary instructor for over twenty-five years, Maureen's current areas of focus are writing as thinking as a mode of mindfulness practice in the classroom, adolescent girls as writers and storytellers in the digital age, formative assessment models, innovative and strategic educational planning, and coaching/self-renewal practices for faculty in K-16 schools. Beginning July 1, 2019, Maureen will serve as the Assistant Head of School for Learning and Innovation at Hewitt.