Hardy is very excited to join Deerfield’s faculty. He has been teaching in boarding schools for sixteen years, first at St. Andrew’s School, then Lawrenceville School, and most recently at Western Reserve Academy, where he was the chair of the Math Department. He chose a life in boarding schools, and Deerfield in particular, because he enjoys immersing himself among his students, empowering them to lead their communities, and helping them face all manner of challenges in their lives. A graduate of Duke University with majors in English and Mathematics, Mr. Gieske also holds an MFA in Fiction Writing, and took a gap year aboard a sailboat. He lives on campus with his wife (Vanessa), two children (Dash and Junie), dog (Fergus), and cat (Peggy Sue).