Our Wildwood, Winter 2017, Volume 40

Q/ a JOEL: What is your hope for the next 10 years? LYLE: Well, the Institutes are so exciting. The output I’m seeing from the kids through the [WISRD] Institute is just remarkable. Whether it’s in the STEM area, or in design, or social justice, I think they can really blossom over the next decade. JOEL: There’s something uniquely Wildwood about the Institute Model. It’s the logical evolution of what we’ve done here as a school, and also in a typically Wildwood manner, it’s both the outcome and the impetus for more change. Q/ a JOEL: Is there anything else that you’d like to add about Landis? LYLE: I just think that we’re lucky to have him. He’s done a great job for us, and I think he’ll continue to. It’s just in his DNA. He’s incapable of not giving his all. I’ve rarely seen someone work so hard with such determination to do it well. JOEL: And he’s such a great match for our values and our DNA.

Q/ a JOEL: If Landis were a “Habit,” which one would he be and why?

LYLE: Is Kindness one of the Habits? (laughs)

JOEL: Common Good comes to mind.

LYLE: Common Good, yes. And he is an extremely kind person. I think our children benefit from that because our community respects kindness. Landis sets that tone. Q/ a JOEL: One word to describe Landis’s leadership style is … JOEL: That’s a good word. I think that that inclusiveness comes out in his desire to hear—his foundation of kindness in the way he interacts with people. And when you have a head of school whose leadership style is inclusiveness, how does that affect the shape of the school? LYLE: Well, I think it makes the school more vibrant, and it allows the children to know that they are respected. One of the many things that is wonderful about this school is the fact that it’s not just giving lip service to children following their passion in education; they actually are encouraged, even directed to do that. It is part of the ethos of this school. I know my kids had that experience here. LYLE: Inclusive.

LYLE: Indeed. He is. He definitely is.



Save the Date

Wildwood State of School Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. Elementary Campus Commons Head of School Landis Green uses the Senior Exhibition framework to reflect on and celebrate his first 10 years at Wildwood.

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