THE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
Of her 22 years of teaching, Kerstin Wyndham-West has taught the last 20 years at the Country Day School. She was initially hired as the junior school librarian and throughout her two decades at the school has taught every grade from JK to 12. She now spends her days teaching English and Drama, and coaches the public speaking and debating team – which she has done for the last 10 years, and each year they have qualified for the world championships. “The school has become well known in the independent school system for its success in this area,” she says.
Wyndham-West is a proponent of every student being capable of learning. “I believe every student is an individual, and I try to customize my curriculum to give students choices that allow them to best utilize their learning styles. It is my job to help them reach their individual learning goals,” she says and she saw proof of this when she bumped into a former student she had taught 20 years ago. He had struggled as a student and she had told him at the time that he would be successful “because he was always very articulate.” He took those words to heart and now is a successful businessman.