More Than 1200 Windward Students, Faculty, and Staff Thank Dr. Russell at Special First School-wide Community Meeting

The entire Windward community of more than 900 students and nearly 350 faculty and staff members came together for the first-ever school-wide community meeting on May 31 to formally thank Dr. Russell for his tenure as head of The Windward School. The surprise presentation featured a video from students from each division sharing their well-wishes for Dr. Russell in his next chapter as executive director of The Windward Institute. Watch the video here or view it below.

Each division head also gave remarks about the various tokens of appreciation that their students were gifting to Dr. Russell. The mementos included hundreds of cards filled with messages of gratitude, handmade drawings, and even suggestions from the students on what Dr. Russell should do next when he is no longer head of school. In every gift, each student’s heartfelt acknowledgment of Dr. Russell and his contributions in every student’s educational success was apparent.  

Following the presentation of gifts and video screening, Dr. Russell expressed, “I have never been thanked so much in my entire life. This is the best job I’ve ever had in my 47 years in education. Thank you all for that.” 

Thank You Dr. Russell from The Windward School on Vimeo.


Enjoy photos from the all-school community meeting held on May 31, 2019, where students, faculty, and staff members joined to celebrate Dr. Russell's 13 years as head of The Windward School and his transition to executive director of The Windward Institute.