Academic Leadership

WES's academic leadership team is comprised of the Head of School and three Division Directors: Early Childhood, Elementary Grades, and Middle School. 

The academic leadership team focuses on issues related to academic policy development and planning; develops and manages grade specific programming and curriculum; and implements action on any issue affecting the quality of academic programs. The team oversees and supports the faculty within their divisions, and regularly meets with parents to discuss student development and enrichment opportunities. Please meet our three Division Directors:   

Early Childhood Director
Nursery-Grade 1 

Mary Lee Nickel has been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years, and, for the last 16 years, at Washington Episcopal School.  She has taught all grades and levels up to Grade 3, as well as serving as teacher mentor, head librarian, reading teacher, and administrator. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a B.S. in Education. Mrs. Nickel is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Director's Exchange in Washington, DC, and the MAESA Early Childhood Conference Planning Committee.

Elementary Grades Director
Grades 2-5 

Nate Dennison has over 15 years of experience both as a teacher and administrator. He oversees grades in the Elementary and Primary sections. Nate started his career as a Grade 5 teacher in northern Virginia and later became the assistant principal for the W.G. Pearson Gifted and Talented Magnet School in Durham, NC. He joined WES last year and came from the Hong Kong International School. He servered there as the associate principal fror seven years. Nate holds a M. Ed from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Elementary Education (K-6) from Miami University (Ohio).

Middle School Director
Grades 6-8 

Nancy Wright has a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. in Finance and Investments from George Washington University. In addition, she has completed additional graduate work in mathematics education. After a 20-year career in banking and investments, she joined the WES faculty in 1995 and taught pre-algebra and algebra I for ten years. In 2005, she accepted the position of Middle School Director. She is a member and past treasurer of the Independent Schools Mathematics Association of Washington and a co-leader of the WES Grade 7 Italy study trip. 


"Our daughter reflects many years of WES nurturing and education. WES does a wonderful job preparing students for high school, and teaching them to be good citizens."

Lynn Mahaffie
WES Parent

 


 

 


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