A major strength of the Wyndcroft School is the dedicated, hard-working faculty. On retiring in June 2008 after nineteen years of service, our librarian, Mrs. Judy Chisholm, voiced a sentiment recognized as familiar by all Wyndcroft teachers when she said, “Being on the faculty of Wyndcroft is much more than a job; it is a way of life.”
The faculty is made up of thirty qualified professional men and women and they range in teaching experience from twenty-seven years to three years. Lower School teachers are elementary teachers and in a homeroom setting they are responsible for instruction in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. Specialist teachers teach art, music, science, French, PE, library skills and technology. A fully qualified nurse teaches health. The Upper School Faculty teach in specialty departments and there are two teachers of English, two of math, and two of social studies. In addition there is a teacher of science in the Upper School, and one each of French and Latin. Wyndcroft teachers continue to be students of their profession also. Many have advanced degrees, belong to National Professional Associations in their subjects or disciplines, and all are actively engaged in professional development activities throughout the school year.
Wyndcroft faculty members work collaboratively and supportively together to ensure that the students and their learning remain the school’s priority. Beyond teaching their academics subjects, faculty members serve the students in many other ways as advisors, as facilitators of service learning projects, as coaches, directors of drama, chaperones on field trips and as counselors in the daily life of the school. It is a hallmark of small independent schools that students form strong relationships with faculty that last well beyond their Wyndcroft years. Hardly a week can go past without the appearance of some alum in the office, a young man or woman of eighteen, or twenty, or sometimes older with tiny children in tow, saying, “May I go around and catch Mr. Lay” or “May I introduce my children to Mrs. Lenzi?” Older alumni write back to us, reminiscing, and names like Miss Obie, Mr. Snively, and Jean B. Sawyer live on in Wyndcroft lore forever.
The Wyndcroft School is immensely proud of its faculty, past and present.