The Windward School Faculty & Staff End-of-Year Recognition Celebration was held virtually on June 23. Head of School Jamie Williamson welcomed Windward's 350+ faculty and staff members to the event.
Faculty and staff members who had reached years of service milestones (5 years, 10 Years, 15 Years, 20 Years, 25 Years, 35 Years, 40 Years, and retirement) were acknowledged by Mr. Williamson and close colleagues.
For the 2019-20 school year, six faculty and staff awards were announced at the celebration.
First, the Dr. John J. Russell Award for Advocacy in Education was awarded to Mr. Peter Beardsley. The award honors someone who has made an impact on helping children with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. Mr. Beardsley is Windward's Committee on Special Education (CSE) Liaison, and he works with parents and teachers to help them to understand and meaningfully participate in the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
Every year, Windward awards one exemplary faculty member with the Isabel Greenbaum Stone Master Teacher Award. This year's recipient was Ms. Colleen McGlynn. Her Manhattan Middle School students describe Ms. McGlynn as a fun and engaging teacher and always beaming with positivity. Her endless amount of school spirit and multiple leadership roles at The Windward School led her to be chosen as this year's Stone Award winner.
The Sandi Galst Scholar Award is given annually to an outstanding Windward reading teacher. The recipient of this award is rewarded with financial assistance through the Sandi Galst Faculty Education Fund to further his/her education through academic course work or other professional experiences related to The Windward School. This year's recipient was Ms. Jessica Romaniello, a teacher with infectious energy and enthusiasm. Her lessons are highly motivating, lively, and engaging. Ms. Romaniello is committed to encouraging others and always puts her students first.
Finally, new for this year, Windward awarded three faculty and staff members with the first-ever Heart of Windward Award. This award was given to one person from each campus that exemplifies outstanding commitment to the Windward community.
The Westchester Lower School recipient was Ms. Tristes Dunn. As a Coordinator of Admissions, Ms. Dunn has been a dedicated member of the Windward community for 20+ years, and she is known to always have a smile on her face.
The Westchester Middle School recipient was Ms. Marilyn Hunt. As Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, Ms. Hunt created Windward’s Field Day event and is passionate about teaching Windward students.
The Manhattan Lower and Middle Schools recipient was Ms. Laura Monardo. As the front desk receptionist at the Manhattan campus, Ms. Monardo is famous for knowing every single student in the Manhattan building by name.
Congratulations to the award recipients for the 2019-20 school year!