Meet our faculty and staff
Middle and Upper School Music/Vocal/Department Chair
John Dolan is Consulting Psychologist for the Upper School. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. John has worked with children and adolescents, both as an educator and clinical psychologist, for more than 25 years.
In his teaching and therapy, he is guided by a passionate commitment to promoting healthy social and emotional adjustment. He strives every day to help kids keep their academic obligations in perspective and to have fun in everything they do.
Larry is a progressive educator with over twenty-five years of experience in independent schools, including The Cambridge School of Weston (near Boston) and The Harley School. His roles have included: college counselor, teacher, dorm head, Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid, Director of Communications, Dean of Students and Boarding, and Head of Upper School. Additionally, he served as Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and Assistant Dean of Admission at Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York. Larry has been part of the Harley community since 2004 when he became the Head of our Upper School. During his tenure, he helped create the programs that live in The Commons, all concerned with education for a sustainable future: civic engagement; mindfulness and empathy education; food and farm; citizen science; design thinking. Larry also founded, chaired for many years, and continues to serve on the Harley Diversity Committee. Additionally, he has worked with the Board on three cycles of strategic planning.
His own education led him first to Hamilton College, where he received his B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Religion. Larry was also a recipient of Manley F. Allbright Fellowship for graduate study in theology during his time there. He continued his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he earned his Ed.M.
Larry believes a good education has life-transforming potential for every child, and so—while an experience of school should certainly be joyful—it is also among the most consequential things adults do for children. “A better world begins with the best possible education for our children.”
He is married to Robin Damrad Frye, Ph.D., who is the Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at the University of Rochester.
Their three children are all Harley graduates: Lily, Harley ’12 and Vassar ’16; Amos, Harley ’15 and Swarthmore ’19; and Josh, Harley ’15 and Haverford ’19.
Mary Pat Cleary
Mary Pat Cleary, Lower School Counselor has her degrees in Education, Counseling, and School Psychology from Northeastern University and Boston College. She comes to Harley from Siena Academy where she was the middle school counselor. Formerly, she worked for ten years as the school psychologist for the public school system in Nashua New Hampshire and was assigned to an elementary school which also housed the district’s inclusive early childhood special education program. She brings a welcome combination of counselor and school psychologist expertise to the Lower School team and all-school counseling program.
Upper School Science/Biology/Department Co-Chair
Middle and Upper School Visual Arts/Department Co-Chair
Sisi Chen is the Middle School Counselor. She received her B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo State, and M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education. Sisi is an advocate for the whole child, having fun and self care are always important components to healthy development.
Head of the Lower School
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