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Meet the Team

Ken Hyde serves as the Director of Admission and Enrollment at Porter-Gaud School overseeing the enrollment management program. He has over 25 years professional experience in independent schools ranging from teacher, coach, advisor, dorm head, dean of students, and presently, enrollment professional.  Ken earned a BA in Economics from UNC at Chapel Hill and his Masters in School Administration from UNC at Greensboro. He is married to Holly, a Spanish teacher at Porter-Gaud, and has two daughters, Anne and Margaret that attend the school.

Lauren McClary serves as Associate Director of Admission and Enrollment at Porter-Gaud School. Lauren attended Vanderbilt University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Studies and The University of South Carolina School of Law where she earned a Juris-Doctor. Lauren began volunteering with the Porter-Gaud Admission Team at their Open Houses and this experience inspired her to join the team in 2018 when she decided to return to work full-time. Lauren and her husband Scott have been Porter-Gaud proud parents for 10 years and they have two children: Phillip (Grade 11) and Jane (Grade 9), who have both been at Porter-Gaud since first grade. She and her family are avid Colorado snow skiers and enjoy boating, crabbing, and hiking the North Carolina Mountains in the summer. 


Kathleen Beck serves as Application Process and Event Coordinator and is responsible for guiding families through the application process. Kathleen began her work career as an Early Childhood Teacher in public schools, and has worked in the Admission Office at Porter-Gaud since 2015. She has two children at Porter-Gaud, Noah in the 12th grade and Hadley-Claire in 10th. Kathleen and her family take full advantage of Lowcountry life, and enjoy exploring our waterways and surrounding coastal areas with their two dogs as often as possible.

Paige Baran serves as the Assistant Director of Admission for Middle and Upper School at Porter-Gaud. Having spent over two decades in education in California and Charleston, most recently as a Porter-Gaud Middle School English teacher, Paige is looking forward to her new role in Admission. Paige earned a BA in Communication from Stanford University and a Masters in School Administration from California State University, Northridge. Paige loves spending time outdoors with her family, husband, Paul (PG History Department Chair), their two daughters, Annika (Grade 10) and Charlotte (Grade 6), and two energetic dogs.