Wye River Up­per School adds board mem­bers

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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

DARBY HEWES

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