At The Wyndcroft School, our leaders are deeply committed to the school's mission and our motto Non Sibi: not for oneself but for the good of others.
Meet Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise, Head of School
Born and raised in British Guiana (now Guyana), Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Mathematics, having completed her junior year abroad at The University of Sussex, UK. Whilst at Brown, she spent summers teaching in Mexico, New York and on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. She taught mathematics at The Agnes Irwin School and whilst there, studied in the graduate education department of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master’s in Educational Philosophy from The University of Toronto, Canada and her Doctorate from St. Mary’s College of California with her dissertation concentration on the experience of female heads of NAIS schools. In 2018, she earned a Klingenstein Fellowship for Heads of Schools at Columbia University and in 2019 was elected to membership of the Heads Collegiate Forum. Dr Pernambuco-Wise has led Full-Service Schools in Florida, ran the residential life programme at Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawai`i and was a High School Head and Middle School Head at two schools in the San Francisco Bay area before her first Headship at Sea Crest School in Half Moon Bay, CA followed by an Acting Headship at Helios School (CA). She is an executive coach to school heads and senior administrators, a consultant with The Jane Group and began Headship at Wyndcroft School (PA) in July, 2021.
Dr Pernambuco-Wise has presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics such as online/blended learning, leadership, governance, boarding school life, school transformation, inclusion and full-service schools. She was a faculty member of NAIS’ Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads for 6 years and is currently on the faculty of THN’s Women in Leadership Seminar. She has served on the Boards of Trinity School (CA) and Archbishop Mitty High School (CA). She is the Secretary of the NAIS Board and serves on the boards of THN and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. She holds a third-degree black belt in Judo and was an international competitor and national champion for Guyana. During her years in Hawai`i, she danced hula, including competing in the highly selective Merrie Monarch Festival.
Wyndcroft Board of Trustees
Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise, Head of School
Bernadette Sparling, Board President
David Allain, Board Vice President
Anna Norton, Board Treasurer
Gerald Mullaney, Board Secretary
The Wyndcroft School is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees consists of a group of dedicated men and women who offer strategic expertise, resources, and a variety of perspectives that enable the School to achieve its mission and strategic objectives. Consistent with NAIS Standards of Good Practice in Governance, the Board of Trustees is not involved in the daily operation of the School. Rather, the Board is responsible for ensuring that the School’s mission remains relevant to the community it serves as well as for monitoring the success of the school in fulfilling its mission. The Board of Trustees accomplishes this by planning strategically, maintaining good fiduciary oversight, and focusing its efforts on projects that will benefit the School into the future. The Head of School serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees.
Each February, the Board of Trustees hosts an open board meeting during which the full school membership is invited to come together and hear from the Board President, the Head of School and the chairs of each committee regarding the state of the School.
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