Mother of two SMCES “Lifers,” Wendy Hackney graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Geography. She received her preliminary California Teaching Credential after completing the teacher-credentialing program at Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles, and now holds a California Clear Credential. Mrs. Hackney developed her skills in differentiated instruction in Loyola Marymount University’s Catholic Inclusion program, and was conferred a Masters Degree in Special Education by LMU. She has been SMCES’s 5th Grade teacher since the 2006-2007 school year and spent the prior three years as SMCES's 2nd Grade instructional aide.
A product of Catholic schools, Mrs. Hackney credits the Sisters of Notre Dame with her strong Catholic identity, love of learning, and passion for teaching. “The nuns taught me that structure and rituals build a foundation of security from which children can explore new concepts and learn new skills,” says Mrs. Hackney. “And following their expert lead, I have kept the expectations high while providing the supports students need to reach for the stars.”
Mrs. Hackney loves to spend her free time with her family, her five cats (yes, five! Annie, Maddie, Tobey, Teddy, and Tommy), and her parrot, Peter Pan. Some of her favorite activities are reading (especially non-fiction), watching movies (especially movie-marathons like the Harry Potter series of movies), and “doing” lunch (especially with her mom).