Over the last few months we have been in the process of filling two critical positions on campus: our new Director of Equity, Justice, Community, and Engagement and our Assistant Head of School for Academics.
We are pleased to announce that current upper school math teacher Erica Childs will serve as our new Director of Equity, Justice, Community, and Engagement. Erica’s leadership has been displayed to our community, most notably through our READ (Read and Educate ourselves on Anti-Racism and Diversity) sessions over the past two academic years. Additionally, Erica is a strong problem-solver, a good communicator, and has a vision for growing and deepening our diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
We are also pleased to announce that we have appointed Ed Gallagher as our next Assistant Head of School for Academics. Ed currently serves as the Interim Head of School at AIM Academy in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Ed brings a wide range of experiences to his work at Friends and holds a doctorate in educational leadership and organization from the University of Pennsylvania. Along with his extensive experience and strong recommendations, from both colleagues and students, Ed brings a warm and engaging presence to WFS. One of Ed's references described him as a person "who values community and building relationships with others."
Please join us in welcoming both Erica and Ed into their new roles. We are so grateful to have them in our community and look forward to their important work.
As a culminating activity in their ukulele unit, fifth graders prepared simple songs to sing and play on the ukulele and took their show on the road, visiting with with younger friends in preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Everyone enjoyed listening and even sang along!
Recently, seventh grade students prepared more than 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a snack, and a piece of fruit for Wilmington's Sunday Breakfast Mission, which has served the homeless, addicted, and impoverished for over 125 years.