THE COUN­TRY DAY SCHOOL

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - KERSTIN WYN­D­HAM-WEST ENGLISH/DRAMA TEACHER

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.

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