Hello Windward

Jamie Williamson

From The Compass Fall/Winter 2019

Greetings Friends and Families, 

As we head into winter, I've been reflecting on my transition into my new role at Windward, and I want to take a moment to share my gratitude. I am deeply proud to be part of an organization that has such an incredible passion and commitment for its students, and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside such a talented and dedicated faculty and staff. There is such a deep sense of purpose driving our work and an intense focus on serving our mission and honoring the sacrifices that our families make to give the gift of a Windward education. Windward is committed to delivering an exceptional educational experience that is truly second to none. 

The last months have been marked by a palpable excitement, an immense learning curve, and the kindness and generosity of so many people. I have appreciated everyone's care, concern, and, most importantly, support along the way. As a result, my family and I have made a very smooth transition to the New York area.  We have immersed ourselves in all that Westchester and Manhattan have to offer and are continuing to explore our new home every weekend.   

Further, the first half of the school year is off to a great start. As I'm sure you can imagine, it's been a whirlwind of learning, building relationships, listening, and processing. We have so many incredible things going on right now. We have had visits from Madame Macron from France and an envoy of educators from Argentina. I've also been partnering with the Board of Trustees and the leadership team to begin the work of implementing the School's new comprehensive strategic plan.   

We have made significant progress on the planned relocation of the Westchester Lower School to a new and larger campus at 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. The new building will be the home for the Westchester Lower School (grades one through five), The Windward Institute, the Windward Teacher Training Program, and the School's administration offices. This move will grant us the much-needed space to educate 150 additional students and to expand the School’s impact through the far-reaching work of The Windward Institute—allowing us the opportunity to serve our community effectively for decades to come.   

The Windward School has much to be proud of right now and has some big goals on the horizon. Together, we will continue to champion the Windward Way and deliver a transformative program for our students.    

Jamie Williamson
Head of School