Micheal Flaherty to Speak at Hyde School

Micheal Flaherty

Woodstock, CT—On Tuesday, May 3, Hyde School will host Micheal Flaherty, producer of Waiting for Superman, as a guest speaker.

Flaherty, a Tufts graduate and Massachusetts native, is the co-founder and president of Walden Media, a move production company based out of Boston.

Walden Media has produced a number of films, including Waiting for Superman, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and Bridge to Terabitihia.

As he told Naomi Schaefer Riley of the Wall Street Journal in an article titled “His Movie Company is Far from Hollywood in Many Ways,” Walden Media “look[s] for books where kids can really experience something life-changing and transformational, and can rise above their circumstances.”

Flaherty is also known for his work as a speech writer for Senator Billy Bulger and for his involvement in Massachusetts education reform. He helped co-found a charter school in Boston, the Frederick Douglass School, that is no longer in operation. Currently, he serves on the board of Rachel’s Challenge and as a member of the Global Advisory Council of Vision360.

Flaherty will speak to the Hyde Leadership Society as well as to the student body during a school meeting.

The Hyde School approach to education has been developed since 1966 at the Hyde boarding campuses in Bath, Maine, and Woodstock, Connecticut, and through public school initiatives in New Haven, Connecticut, Washington, DC, and Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. The organization, based in Bath, also includes national parenting workshops and wilderness experiences.

Ninety eight percent of Hyde School graduates are accepted to four-year colleges. To learn more about Hyde Schools, its summer leadership programs, and parenting and teen workshops, log on to Hyde.edu.

For more information about guest speaker Micheal Flaherty and other Hyde School events, contact Laura Michaels at lmichaels@hyde.edu, call 860-963-4763, or visit Hyde.edu.