Each year brings new faces of students and employees to the district but the mission stays the same—to ensure every student reaches their highest potential and to equip and prepare them for the next step in their life. This is the same for all Winton Woods employees as well. “My time at Winton Woods definitely has prepared me for this role,” said Dr. Terri L. Holden, former executive director of teaching and learning. “I wish Winton Woods the best in the future. It will always hold a special place in my heart.”
For the 2019-2020 school year, the district introduced two new directors after Dr. Holden, who led the movement of Winton Woods district-wide transition from traditional learning to project-based learning (PBL), became superintendent of Yellow Springs Schools in June of 2019. Adrienne Martin, former Winton Woods Elementary School (WWES) principal, is the director of teaching and learning for preschool to sixth grade, and Dr. Tamra Ragland, former Math and Science supervisor, is the director of teaching and learning for grades 7-12.
Martin plans to promote the vision for the district as a learning environment that respects both the value and talents of each individual. “I believe it is vital to create a culture that supports an ethos of learning that inspires the essence of inquiry within the real-world application provided by PBL,” said Martin.
Ragland is looking forward to working with great people to accomplish one goal: helping our students achieve their dreams. “Using a line from the Avengers movie, ‘Winton Woods is not just a place, it’s a people,’ is very appropriate,” said Ragland. “I believe we have the capacity and knowledge to meet all of our challenges. We have very skilled and talented people in this district. I hope to leverage all of our strengths to create learning opportunities that empower each student to become the best version of themselves.”
Nelson Homan, former WWES assistant principal, has filled Martin’s role as the new WWES principal. Homan plans to continue creating a high quality education for all students. “Students need to be taught skills to compete in a global society,” said Homan. “The jobs our students will compete for are not even created in some cases.” As an experienced teacher and administrator, Michelle Plummer, former Primary North teacher, is the new assistant principal who brings a unique understanding of the district vision. “I believe a strong school culture is the first step to a successful school,” said Plummer. “Strong relationships build confident learners that are able to rise to their highest potential.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods City Schools directors of teaching and learning are Dr. Tamra Ragland (left) and Adrienne Martin (right).