The Windward School’s Manhattan Lower & Middle Schools’ Division Head Named Outstanding Educator of the Year

Education Update recently announced their Outstanding Educators of the Year, and The Windward School is honored to have one on our faculty and staff.

Leslie Zuckerwise, The Windward School’s Manhattan Lower and Middle Schools’ Division Head, was recently named Outstanding Educator of the Year by Education Update, an award-winning publication focused on education. The award is given each year to honor teachers and administrators who enrich the lives of children in classrooms around New York City every day.

On Friday, June 22, 2018, Ms. Zuckerwise will be honored at the Harvard Club of New York City along with 29 teachers and administrators nominated for the award. The award will be presented in front of distinguished leaders in education, philanthropy, and business.

Ms. Zuckerwise has been a teacher and administrator at The Windward School for the past 17 years. In 2001, Ms. Zuckerwise began as an assistant teacher. After completing the two-year Windward Teacher Training Program, she became a full-time teacher at the School’s Westchester Middle School campus. During her time as a teacher, she also held faculty positions in instructional technology support and assistant teacher staff development. She has conducted numerous workshops and training seminars for the Windward Teacher Training Program and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and she has been instrumental in many projects, initiatives, and presentations with students, faculty members, administrators, board members, and parents. She became assistant division head of Westchester Lower School in 2011 and accepted the position of division head of Westchester Lower School in 2013. For the past three years, she has been division head of The Windward School's Manhattan Lower and Middle Schools.

“When we announced the opening of the Manhattan campus, Ms. Zuckerwise stepped in and worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth opening for our students, families, and faculty and staff members,” says Dr. John J. Russell, Head of The Windward School. “She recruited, mentored, and developed a new team to successfully deliver Windward’s academic program to its full potential.” Because of her exceptional commitment to the remediation of students with language-based learning disabilities, this past school year, 274 Manhattan students have been educated by 77 highly-trained and well-supported faculty members in a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building.

Through each endeavor, Ms. Zuckerwise has been a pillar within the Windward community and made certain that The Windward School academic program is delivered with fidelity and consistency through the School’s many phases of growth. She is passionately committed to Windward’s mission statement and the successful return of the School’s students to mainstream settings. 

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