Zachery R. Hewitt

Associate Director of College Counseling
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M.S. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College


Mr. Hewitt joins Phillips Exeter Academy from Chadwick School in Los Angeles, where he served as the associate director of College Counseling and one of the co-leaders of the White Anti-racist Educators group. Originally from Maine, and raised in Connecticut, Mr. Hewitt was the first person in his family to attend college and earned a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. The transformative power of his own undergraduate experience fostered in him a passion for college access and equity work and, after graduation, Mr. Hewitt joined the admissions office at Bates College where he managed the territories of Southern California, New York City and Westchester County.

After relocating to California, Mr. Hewitt served in several roles at Idyllwild Arts Academy, including college counselor, assistant dean of admission, dorm parent and substitute teacher, while completing his certification in teaching English as a foreign language. During his time at Idyllwild Arts, he also advised the student GSA and Arts in Society programs, collaborated on the implementation of a four-year life skills/college counseling curriculum, and served as a member of the Gender and Sexuality Policy Committee focused on the residential experience of students who identify in gender or sexual minorities. Mr. Hewitt was then appointed director of College Counseling and international student coordinator at Palm Valley School near Palm Springs, California, where he also advised the Tabletop Gaming Club and was trained as a campus leader for the National SEED Project. During his time in the desert, Mr. Hewitt worked with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and the College of the Desert on regional college access programming and events, and completed his Master of Science in Youth Development.

Mr. Hewitt believes that the stories we tell are the most powerful tools we have for understanding the world, and the exploration of each student’s individual story remains one of the greatest motivators in his work. Outside of his life in education, Mr. Hewitt is an avid hiker, comic book fanatic and horror film nerd.