Head of School

Welcome to Breck’s website. Throughout these pages you'll learn more about the culture of Breck, details about our academic program and pedagogy, as well as information about our signature programs. You'll see student news, our annual calendar, and information about how to volunteer on campus. And, while we've tried to give you a glimpse into the day-to-day life of our school via an electronic platform, I highly encourage you to take the time to stop by for a tour of Breck.

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At Breck, we believe our children thrive in our unique balance of academic press — the challenge of learning in an intellectually interesting and demanding environment, and personalization — the trusting relationships that emerge in an environment of care, understanding, and mutual respect. We value inclusivity, inquiry, and reason and ask that our students bring their full selves to the classroom each day; we are a richer community when each individual’s faith, beliefs, and identity are recognized and celebrated. And we believe in the importance of social responsibility, teaching our students the immeasurable value of serving the common good.

From preschool to grade 12 and under one roof, these values and beliefs permeate the life of our school and are best realized when you walk the halls of Breck. We hope your visit to our website inspires you to learn more about our school. It would be our honor to welcome you to campus one day soon.


Natalia Rico Hernández
Head of School

2019-20 School Year Priorities

On My Mind

On My Mind includes writings from the Head of School that are published in the Viewpoints eNewsletter.

Dr. Hernández on Twitter

    Head of School Dr. Natalia Rico Hernández

    Dr. Natalia Rico Hernández has 26 years of teaching and leadership experience in public, private, and independent schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Hernández earned an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas and an Ed.D. in Leadership, Policy and Organizations from Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation, “On Teacher Quality in Independent Schools,” was published in the Peabody Journal of Education. In addition, she has published articles in Independent Magazine and the National Association of Independent Schools blogs. You can follow her on Twitter at @natalia_hdz_edu.