Faculty/Staff Bio

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Rachael A. Ryan

B.A., Georgetown University; M.A., Harvard University

Co-Director of Athletics, History, Asst. Director of the Taft Educational Center

Littlejohn Family Chair


Work Phone: 860-945-7731

Year Appointed: 2000

Rachael’s interest in American government and all things political began at an early age, when she began canvassing and stuffing envelopes for various campaigns. She took the first AP American government exam in 1988, and has taught AP American government since 1996. She has been an AP reader since 2005, and is also a member of the American Political Science Association. She holds the Littlejohn Family Chair at Taft.

Rachael has been coaching field hockey since 1994, and has been the head varsity coach at Taft since 2003. In the 2005 season, her team went undefeated in the regular season and won the Founder’s and the Western New England leagues and finished the season ranked number one in New England. She is a member of USA Field Hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Rachael has been co-director of athletics since 2013. She also chairs the Afternoon Program Exemption Committee and is co-chair of the Athletics Committee. 

Rachael is a member of the Gender Committee and Mentoring Committee. She is the advisor to the Model Congress program; every year the group attends the Harvard Model Congress, where they have garnered high honors for their work.

Prior to coming to Taft, Rachael taught and coached for six years at Blair Academy in New Jersey. She is married to Greg Hawes ’85 and lives on campus with their two sons, Peyton and Lachlan.

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