I also announced in my last blog that I would be leaving at the end of this school year to do a little freelance work and think about my next steps. I am very pleased to announce that the board has hired two new administrators. Mrs. Wendy Wilson has been with Willow Tree for three years. She has a great understanding of Mason's philosophy and methods, and she is already beloved by our students and parents. She is also a whiz with administrative details. Mrs. Wilson will be working next year as Director of Internal Affairs, which means that she will be in charge of making sure we remain in compliance with all legal requirements, keeping records, and making sure all those i's are dotted and those t's are crossed. She will also oversee and mentor the teachers. Mr. Jack Kelly will be joining us next year as Director of Recruitment and Development. Mr. Kelly, who just completed his graduate work at UNC Wilmington, was homeschooled using Mason's methods by his mother, Nancy Kelly, one of the premier Mason experts in the country. He will focus on looking externally to build strong relationships with local businesses and civic and social organizations, and raise awareness about our school in the community.
Having two directors to share the responsibility means that the school can also capitalize on each one's teaching gifts. Mrs. Wilson will continue to teach math and science half time, and Mr. Kelly will take on literature and composition, as well as guide our high school students through the college application process. I am over the moon about this pair coming together to lead Willow Tree into its next phase. While it promises to be difficult to leave this school, which I love so much, I know that I am leaving it in excellent hands. Congratulations, Wendy and Jack! I can't wait to see where you are able to take Willow Tree!