Robert Kyff, Board Secretary
Rob Kyff is the language columnist for the Hartford Courant, as well as a teacher and writer. His column is syndicated nationally as "The Word Guy" by Creators Syndicate of Los Angeles and appears regularly in several daily newspapers, including the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and Sacramento Gazette. His essays have appeared in many newspapers, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and Baltimore Sun, and his articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, American History and Northeast. He has written two books: Word Up! – A Lively Look at English and Once Upon a Word – True Tales of Word Origins. A native of Armonk, N.Y., Mr. Kyff earned a BA at Amherst College and an MA in American studies at the University of Minnesota. Since 1977, Mr. Kyff has taught English, history and journalism at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford. He has also served as the school’s director of public affairs, editor of its alumni magazine, and advisor to the student newspaper, which has twice been named the second-best high-school newspaper in the state in the Hartford Courant scholastic journalism contest. In 2003, Mr. Kyff was named the recipient of the Lazear Chair, and faculty chair endowed in the name of former Kingswood-Oxford Headmaster Robert A. Lazear. He lives in West Hartford, Conn.