Audrey Gorden

Year I Joined HSH: 2020

Hometown: Springfield, IL

Education: Columbia College Chicago, B.A. English

Why HSH? There is a strong sense of community at HSH among staff, students, and families. The small class sizes allow each child to be known, supported, and appreciated for who they are as an individual. The campus itself feels like an oasis in the middle of Hollywood, and I feel grateful to be able to work here every day.

What causes or non-profits do you support and why? I support The Jed Foundation because I believe our youth need support through the mental health challenges of childhood, young adulthood, and beyond.

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? I used to be a journalist.

What piece of advice would you give to a graduating sixth grader? Don’t let social media define you or rule your life.

Favorite Quote: “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it changes.” –Joan Didion

Favorite LA Restaurant: Bottega Louie

Favorite Karaoke Song: “Science Fiction/Double Feature” for solos, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” for duets