Retired WFS Teacher Javier Ergueta Featured in Delaware Today's Top Teachers Issue
Congratulations to retired WFS teacher Javier Ergueta on being featured in Delaware Today's Top Teachers issue!
During his 20 years at Friends, Javier Ergueta has consistently raised the bar of intellectual engagement and critical thinking in the upper school.
Javier has taught many history courses during his tenure at the School, including designing a brand new course for WFS, Global Politics, for the fall of 2020. Javier did nothing half-way. He had significant materials housed online for student learning, whether in a “Diigo” bookmarking site, a quiz bank site (Quia), or on our school learning platform. Javier read widely and voraciously, both to develop his own learning and in support of student growth.
Javier was passionate as well about the Theory of Knowledge course, a cornerstone of the International Baccalaureate diploma program. He has introduced hundreds of students to new ways of thinking critically about knowledge sources and creation. Junior “TOK” students regularly can talk about the important boundary between skepticism and gullibility, thanks to his discussions. His lessons on how we learn and what is considered truth in different disciplines have shaped the WFS TOK program.
Javier also advised the Model Organization of American States club and organized the World Affairs debates. He supported the Quiz Bowl club and an annual competition for local schools. Since his sabbatical in 2018-19, Javier has raised the climate change alarm in the WFS community and engaged students in climate change activism. In retirement he plans to devote more time to this critical agenda.
Javier and his wife, Petra, are the parents of three WFS alums, Emilio ’16, Cecilia ’18, and Pier-Paolo ’22.
Temilola Lufadeju '25, Maddie Miller '24, and Isaiah Turman '24 traveled to San Antonio last week to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.
A beloved holiday tradition at WFS is our sixth grade pie bake for Wilmington's Sunday Breakfast Mission. Students lovingly peel, slice, prepare, box, and finally deliver more than 30 apple pies for those in our greater community.
On Monday, seventh graders and faculty members traveled to Washington, D.C. where they had a busy day visiting the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, the United States Holocaust Museum, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The Quaker Cares Committee celebrated gratitude last week by having students, faculty, and staff fill out a turkey feather with what they were most grateful for. They also handed out sensory stickers for students' computers to share their own gratitude!
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Townsend '75, who received the Delaware Athletic Trainer’s Association’s AT Ally award! Dr. Townsend played under Coach Tattersall as a student and has been the WFS football team's doctor for more than 30 years.
Students in the upper school Quakerism & Thee course took a field trip to local Quaker meetinghouses. At Wilmington Monthly Meeting at 4th & West, they were welcomed by member and WFS trustee Darcy Rademaker who gave them some history and information. The students then visited and toured Centre Meeting.
The Special Olympics Club and Quaker volleyball teams, led by Jocelyn Nathan '23, hosted bake sales and an awareness match to raise funds for Special Olympics - Delaware. All told, they raised over $740 for the day!