by Jennifer Dakan
I have treasured my role helping to build Waverly’s community for the past fourteen years and experienced many proud and fulfilling moments working for, with, and among parents, students, and teachers. Waverly provided me with an authentic space to learn, listen, and grow as a parent, a colleague, and as the Director of Admissions. I have loved sharing Waverly’s evolving mission and program both through images and direct experience. My true calling, however, and the work that makes me feel most energized is teaching. Although I look forward to my return to the classroom in the fall, it is with many mixed feelings that I leave Waverly. This place, this community of students, parents, teachers, and administrators, has provided me and my family with so much. As I round out my last weeks in the office of admissions, I am thinking of all that I am thankful to Waverly for:
Thank you, Waverly, for your traditions, your community, your voices raised in song. Thank you for your authenticity, your lack of fancy, your students, your teachers, your inspiring books, and your thematic, integrated curriculum. Thank you for the absence of letter grades. Thank you for carrying me and my children through our early lives together, for allowing each of them and me to flourish and grow. Thank you for your class trips, and travel to (among other places) Costa Rica, the Channel Islands, Joshua Tree, and the Colorado River. Thank you for your thoughtful narratives, and your flexible tuition. Thank you for your delightful preschool students passing by my office door. Thank you for your coaches and specialists and giving me the joy of watching my children be part of a team. Thank you for your farm, your student artwork, your holiday show. Thank you for your college counselor and your kind, personable, and hardworking admin team. Thank you for your gifts of song, and one of a kind high school graduation. Thank you for your hardworking and generous parents. Thank you for making a space for me and my family to form lifelong friendships. Thank you for your professional development and for expanding my understanding of true diversity, equity, and inclusion. Thank you, Waverly, for the best years of my life.