Zy­lo­nis tapped as WCDS ad­mis­sions, de­vel­op­ment direc­tor

Rappahannock News - - Schools - — Nikki Brady

Long time art teacher, coach and Dean of Ad­vi­sory Suzanne Zy­lo­nis has moved into the role of Direc­tor of Ad­mis­sions and De­vel­op­ment at Wakefield Coun­try Day School.

Zy­lo­nis has taken the reins and is mak­ing an im­me­di­ate im­pact.

“Dur­ing my 16-year ten­ure, I’ve been a part of ev­ery as­pect of WCDS — the class­room, ath­let­ics, special pro­grams and ad­min­is­tra­tion — and I be­lieve deeply in the ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion Wakefield pro­vides. I am pleased to an­nounce we’ve en­rolled more students over this sum­mer pe­riod than in re­cent his­tory,” says Zy­lo­nis.

“While re­main­ing true to our clas­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion roots, we’re con­stantly striv­ing to be a pioneer in ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards. This fall we’re introducin­g new ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives that in­clude a Man­darin Chi­nese club be­gin­ning in the el­e­men­tary school which is in ad­di­tion to the Span­ish al­ready of­fered at that grade level, and the French, Span­ish, Latin and Greek of­fered to older students. We are also ini­ti­at­ing a part­ner­ship with the re­mark­able lo­cal tal­ent liv­ing in Rap­pa­han­nock County through our new Ad­junct Fac­ulty Program, all while in­no­vat­ing new fi­nan­cial models to fund ed­u­ca­tion in a ru­ral con­text.”

Paul Larner, Chair­man of the WCDS Board main­tains, “WCDS has multi-pronged pro­grams to en­gage with the com­mu­nity as we progress to­ward an ex­panded en­roll­ment and greater fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity. WCDS's record of achievemen­t is im­pres­sive and un­bro­ken. Some mis­steps and shift­ing de­mo­graph­ics rocked the school, but we’ve risen to the chal­lenge and are all-in for the fu­ture. Our new board has spec­tac­u­lar tal­ent and is fo­cused sharply on the school’s pri­or­i­ties. We look for­ward to lever­ag­ing our track record of suc­cess

in our re­cruit­ment ef­forts.”

Adds Zy­lo­nis: “WCDS is a true Rap­pa­han­nock gem and our fu­ture is bright; I look for­ward to wel­com­ing new students from the WCDS 8-county ser­vice area and be­yond.”

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“Our fu­ture is bright,” says Suzanne Zy­lo­nis, new Ad­mis­sions and De­vel­op­ment Direc­tor for Wakefield Coun­try Day School.

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