Greetings, current families of Wingra School and prospective parents,
I’m excited to be your next Head of School at Wingra School. Moreover, I’m excited to have a partner, Charley Martin, Wingra’s first Associate Head of School, as we take the next step and focus on Wingra’s next 50 years. I have been tasked by both the Board and the community to not only sustain the school’s current reputation, financial sustainability, environmental sustainability, and educational philosophy but also to embody the collective consciousness of the mission and values of Wingra. This means continuing to grow our philosophy into practice.
In his 1970s text Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Pablo Freire, a Brazilian Educational Philosopher coined the term Praxis, which is Theory + Action. As Wingra’s first Black Head of School, Black Lives Matter isn’t just a trendy catch phrase or a t-shirt but the praxis of our educational institution. Equity, Justice, Inclusion, and Belonging are not empty promises to parents, communities, and to Madison, they are our praxis at Wingra School. As our Board President Arlen Moss and our outgoing Head, Debbie Millon, remind me, “Ebony, these values and commitments have always been here. This is nothing new.” I want Wingra to both be the school you know, and the school it can be. A space for all humans, our praxis.
Wingra will demonstrate our praxis through generous wrap-around support of our students and our families, valuing, recognizing, and properly compensating our teachers, and making sure our instruction is culturally responsive and sustained as it promotes our progressive educational philosophy. Wingra School has a commitment to grassroots and activist work across multiple communities and in Dane County at large— in addition to the ongoing acknowledgment of this Indigenous land, we are committed to its original peoples and its environmental sustainability. Lastly, we will continue to strive to create a welcoming environment for all new and returning families. Our administrative team here at Wingra School will make sure these priorities are reflected in our budget and our decision making. This is our philosophy and our practice, The Wingra Way.
Of course, there is no better way to understand Wingra than to experience it for yourself! We are excited to offer in-person tours again and know that, when you visit our campus, you’ll feel directly the energy and enthusiasm of our students and teachers as they explore what it means to be in community, both in and outside the classroom. I hope to see you soon!
With tremendous gratitude and welcome to Wingra School,
Head of School
We pledge to work to end systemic racism not only in our local Madison community, but in our school community as well. (Full statement below.)