WNS is committed to creating a deeply caring community of lifelong learners that nurtures students from diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential, develop cultural competency, and inspire the world with their curiosity, innovation, compassion, and stewardship.
WNS embraces a positive, child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our high academic and ethical standards encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Propelled by curiosity, WNS students are learners, doers, and makers. We provide students with a platform to become entrepreneurs by nurturing their intrinsic ability to innovate. Our program is designed to engage students in a project-based, active-learning curriculum that challenges all students to grow. We provide an environment steeped in a growth mindset where each child is able to experience success, embrace mistakes as a part of the journey, is confident in taking intellectual risks, and where individuals feel valued in their differences and value the differences in others.
The Lower School Division Head works closely with the Head of School and Assistant Head of School. The Lower School Division Head also serves on an academic leadership team with the ECC Division Head, Middle School Division head, and Director of Auxiliary Programs. Together these roles function as a cohesive academic leadership team and are responsible for providing educational leadership in accordance with the mission, philosophy, and policies set forth by the Board of Trustees. The Lower School Division Head is also an integral part of the Senior Administrative Staff, who work closely with the Head of School, Department Heads and the other Division Heads to oversee the smooth day to day operation of the school as well as engage in long range planning.
The Division Heads are responsible for all aspects of the school’s curriculum (academic, social-emotional, and DEIJ integration) and, in collaboration with the teachers, ensure that the curriculum is meeting the needs of all students with attention to neurodiversity and differentiated instruction. The Division Head visits classrooms frequently and meets regularly with teachers to discuss curriculum and monitor individual student development. The Division Heads coordinate professional development for the faculty in collaboration with the academic leadership team. They are also available to address any questions or concerns from parents that cannot be answered by the classroom teachers. Division Heads are also the key contact points for parents of children in your division, as well as forming important relationships with the children in your division.