Back-to-School Letter from Board Chair Pam Politis

August 6, 2012
Dear WMS Families,

On behalf of the Wilmington Montessori School Board of Directors, I would like to welcome all of you to the 2012-13 school year. Whether it’s your first or 12th year at WMS, I hope you are as excited as I am to watch our children experience a new year of joyful Montessori learning! I’d like to take a moment to provide further details regarding the email you received about school leadership for the 2012-13 school year. 

As most of you know, the Board accepted Linda Zankowsky’s resignation as Head of School in April. Linda agreed to stay with the school to help ensure a smooth transition of leadership, the next step of which will be the introduction of Marie Dugan as Interim Head of School for the 2012-13 school year. As Marie prepares to begin her work at WMS starting this week, I wanted to take a moment to express the Board’s gratitude for Linda’s service to WMS.

During the past 12 years, Linda has served as an inspirational force that propelled our school into the 21st century. Linda’s legacy to WMS includes her work with the staff and Board to develop the Mission, Vision and C.A.R.E.S. model for WMS that are embodied in all of our interactions; her Doctoral work on classroom-based assessment, which has strengthened the program and curriculum at WMS; and her eagerness to share the gifts of Montessori education to as many children as possible through partnerships driven by her work as president of MTAD (Montessori Teachers’ Association of Delaware) and as an active member of the American Montessori Society (serving on the Research Committee). Teachers will also remember Linda for growing WMS’s professional development offerings and helping them see their own potential as leaders within the school and the larger AMS community. It was truly a privilege to have Linda serve our school,and we wish her the best as she makes space for her family, evaluates her goals and transitions to the next steps in her career continuing to work to ensure that children have accessible quality educational opportunities.

I invite all of you to join Marie and the Board of Directors for a Town Meeting on Thursday, September 6, at 7 p.m. in the Great Room. We will extend an official welcome to Marie, discuss our goals for the upcoming school year and, more importantly, hear from you. Our special community is what allows WMS to grow and thrive.

Once again, I thank Linda for her service to WMS, and as we look forward to a terrific school year, I thank all of you for your ongoing support. I look forward to seeing you at the Family Picnic on August 22 and in the halls in a few weeks!

Pam Politis
Chair, Wilmington Montessori Board of Directors


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