Chicago Private School - Fahey

Hallie Fahey

Upper School Social Studies

B.S., Butler University
J.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Illinois State University
Ed.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)

Mrs. Fahey came to education as a second career after 25 years as a practicing commercial litigator in downtown Chicago law firms, representing Fortune 500 companies in lawsuits pending throughout the United States.

She holds a B.S. in Accounting with concentrations in Economics, Political Science and Sociology from Butler University; a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review; and a B.S. in Business Education from Illinois State University. Currently, she is working towards her Ed.M. in Global Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

A Beverly resident since 1996, she is the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations team, Mock Trial team, and GLSEN.


What is the most important lesson you want students to learn in your class?

At its core, social studies is a discipline founded in critical thinking. It is essential that students learn to always question the credibility and veracity of information that is presented to them. In a world of ever-increasing sources of information, students need to have the skill set to question, question, question so that they are able to uncover the truth surrounding any issue.

What do you want students to take away from having known you?

It is my belief that every student brings a unique talent and brilliance to the classroom. Each student views the world through their own unique prism and has a voice that needs curation to evolve. My hope is that students are able to discover their talents and find their voices so that they can have the confidence to critically analyze issues that they will face after they leave the halls of Morgan Park Academy.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to raise a beautiful son, who was fascinated by the inner workings of the world. From a young age, Cameron always asked “why” and was often disappointed when his curiosity was not encouraged. He understood that I shared his fascination with the whys of the world. His hope was that one day I would be the teacher who encouraged an exploration of the world for students, like him, whose quest for knowledge was neverending. I teach for students like him.