Courtney ClarkElementary Division Director
At WES Since: 2018
What is your philosophy on teaching?
My philosophy is character first. I believe it is important that I take the time to help students build their character within the space they are in—guide them to understand their potential and identify their level of success; after that, the learning of everything else easily falls in place.
I joined WES in 2018 after 16 years of service in DC area schools, where I held multiple leadership roles, served as department chair twice, and was part of instructional leadership teams. Most recently at WES, I served as the Elementary Art Teacher and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I have a deep passion for effective teaching practices. I enjoy all things art – including sewing and making my own garments. I live in Maryland with my husband, who is a full-time artist, and our two children – also WES Dragons! I earned my bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and my Master of Science Administration in nonprofit management from Trinity Washington University.