Today, in Wheeler's 130th school year, and with the Wheeler Board of Trustees, I offer the strategic design that will direct our work through 2023.
Over the course of my first year as Head of School, I have been fortunate to spend hundreds of hours devoted to conversation, in both individual meetings and large groups, collecting insights and questions from our community. It has been a profound experience, resulting in a set of questions that I presented — along with important data from educational research and workforce analysis about what the future represents — to our trustees, faculty, administration, and staff in February. Throughout the Spring, I was able to meet with students, parents, and various committees to gather further input as well.
We found inspiration for this process within a belief held by our founder Mary Colman Wheeler that Wheeler students would “learn [their] powers and be answerable for their use.” This seemed a perfect launch point for not only our students but also for Wheeler as an institution today, based on a foundation of strength, preparing to lead with bold strides into the future.
Wheeler’s vision is to expand our capacity for every student to fulfill this founding precept. That is, through social, athletic, artistic, and academic endeavors, all Wheeler students are challenged to discover their “powers” of mind, body, and heart — and to develop the skills, empathy, and knowledge necessary “for their use” as each student prepares for a meaningful and productive life as a creative and engaged citizen of the world. To fulfill this vision, Wheeler community members will continue to commit to create and embrace opportunities, continually seek understanding and knowledge, learn from commonalities and differences, and strive to be the best version of themselves. To anchor our promise, we are adapting Miss Wheeler’s precept to be our Mission Statement, replacing the last iteration adopted in 1993.
Enclosed are the three directions that we have chosen to fulfill this purpose. We hope you will join us in celebrating an important step that we have made in establishing a powerful and motivational framework for growth and innovation.
With gratitude for your partnership,
Allison Gaines Pell
Head of School
Chair, Board of Trustees