I love to listen to the weekly TED Radio Hour on National Public Radio. I am often astounded by the amazing new innovations, creative approaches, and new ways of thinking that each TED speaker brings to an always lively presentation. Every educator or administrator hopes that one day a former student will pen a quick note about having been impacted by having crossed paths with them. Well…how about having a Harvard ME, education innovator, and CEO dedicate her TED Talk to what a passionate, innovative, and inspiring 6th grade teacher you were? Someone whose creative and innovative assignment taught not only about fractions but the value of hard work. Michelle Skinner was speaking about the recently-named new Head of School for St. Stephen’s, Will Webber.
As I move towards my retirement at the end of the 2017 – 2018 school year, I am so pleased to welcome this dedicated educator with 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. Will’s many talents will serve him well as he takes the reins to lead St. Stephen’s School over the next years. Will says that: "Education and the relationship between the teacher and the pupil build a long-term bond. I am a servant, dedicated to helping children learn the things they should learn while guiding them as they grow." Ms. Skinner’s talk confirms that these are not hollow words from Will, but that he is truly “the real deal,” and St. Stephen’s School looks forward to a bright future under his leadership.
Click here for Ms. Skinner’s TED Talk on YouTube—How we make innovation work in education: Michelle Skinner at TEDxHGSE