Wye River Upper School adds board members
CENTREVILLE — Wye River Upper School announced the addition of two new members to their Board of Trustees — Dr. Clayton A. Railey, III and Darby Hewes. Both members joined the WRUS Board on July 1. The board said Railey and Hewes bring diverse experiences in a variety of educational settings that will bring new knowledge and perspective to the team.
Railey currently serves as vice president for Workforce and Academic Programs at the Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. His professional background encompasses many areas including teaching, conflict resolution, museum studies, school administration, theology, and counseling. He has spent years in academia earning several degrees, teaching undergrads, and learning many languages. Most notably he obtained a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University.
Hewes brings strengths in graphic and fine arts, business management, and teaching. Over the years, she has studied fine arts, architecture, graphics, and education. She earned a B.A. from University of Florida, and a B.F.A. from Washington College. She has also taught photography at Washington College and currently specializes in developing marketing materials for various non-profits. Hewes serves on several boards throughout Kent County. Her past work experience in construction management and engineering also adds an important skill set as Wye River continues to maintain and care for their newly renovated building in Centreville.
“Our Board is fortunate to be welcoming these two talented individuals with extensive and relevant backgrounds. Their combined experience encompasses education, the arts, school administration, and marketing — just to name a few. I could not be more delighted to have their help as we continue to enhance and grow the Wye River program,” said Board Chairman Alexa Seip.
Wye River Upper School serves bright high school students with learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia. Hewes has been getting to know the school over the past few years, and she said, “WRUS is a unique environment where students with learning challenges find their frustration turn into excitement and motivation. Strength based learning with an emphasis on areas of organization, time management and self-monitoring prepare students to succeed in college and future careers. WRUS is one of these unique places where teens can explore their passions, create goals and build a solid educational foundation for their future.”
Located in Centreville, WRUS students come from several surrounding counties. Transportation is provided to both Eastern and Western Shores. For more information, call 410-758-2922 or visit http://wyeriverupperschool.org.
DR. CLAYTON A. RAILEY III