William Cheney

William’s innate ability to spark and fuel a life-long love for writing and reading is reflected in his creatively crafted curriculum, one that he continually hones to maximize the overall learning experience of his sixth graders. As he likes to say, “My students learn ‘real’ writing. It’s not just all structure, but includes subtlety, self-expression and, at times, breaking the rules. It’s a process of moving from the formal to the creative.” The art of organization – what William calls “responsible conscientiousness” – forms the foundation of his successful approach and teaches his students necessary tools for life well beyond the walls of his sixth grade classroom.

He graduated with honors in English from the University of California, Davis, and went on to earn a Masters in Education Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. His more than four decades in education has included stints in the classroom, teaching third through tenth grade, and on the administrative side, as an Assistant Head and Head of School. But, for William, his sixth grade classroom at Berkeley Hall is the best place to be. It is where he imparts his love for literature to receptive and inquisitive young learners.
 
William Cheney
 
Another Reason to Choose Berkeley Hall
 
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.