I am thrilled to welcome you to the busy, joy-filled, and nurturing Elementary division at WES. Building on the firm foundations of the Early Childhood years, we strive to meet every child where they are and inspire them to be thinkers, explorers, investigators, creators, and collaborators to develop the skills and central knowledge for lifelong learning.
The Elementary grades are a time of so much exciting growth and development both academically and socially. Students are challenged within a broad, rigorous curriculum as they develop the confidence to try new things and take academic risks. Over time, our students develop resilience, flexibility, and a growth mindset. They are encouraged to reflect on their learning, set goals for themselves, and strive to be the best they can be. At the heart of the Elementary division, teachers and students thrive in a culture of kindness, empathy, and respect, where diversity is celebrated and relationships are cherished. It is a wonderful place to grow and learn.
Zoe Hillman is entering her third year at WES as our Elementary Director. She has 28 years of experience in education and previously worked at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (SSSAS), where she served as Associate Lower School Director. Ms. Hillman has been a Kindergarten teacher and curriculum leader at St. Thomas School, located in Medina, WA, as well as a teacher and administrator of Early Childhood and Elementary grades in the UK, US, and Europe. Ms. Hillman holds Harvard Graduate School of Education Certificate in Leadership and Excellence in Education; a Master of Arts in Education from Homerton College, Cambridge University, England; and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from University College, University of Durham, England. Zoe lives with her husband in Bethesda, MD, with her two dogs, five chickens and nine fish, and two children.