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I very quickly realized how fortunate I was to be part of a community of faculty and students who were all so intelligent, who all cared about education, and who were inspired in one way or another to do important things with their lives. It is rare to be part of a group of people who, by and large, are all so motivated. I also appreciate that everyone at Wakefield expected excellence. I haven't been pushed as hard by very many people since graduating from Wakefield. College, and even graduate school were much easier because of my experience at Wakefield. In fact, with the exception of a few tough but inspiring professors, school has been pretty easy thanks to my preparation at Wakefield. On top of that, my friends from Wakefield are still some of my strongest connections.  

Megan White ('02)

Our son, Michael Parobek, joined Preschool at Wakefield this year and has been adjusting so well.

He loves his teacher, Mrs. Redabaugh, and even has a little crush on the "coach", Megen Evans.

Jessica and Lucas Parobek

Lower School Student

This is Brian Vandermast writing from American University. I hope that all is well at Wakefield and your respective classes are going well.  I wanted to take the time to relay to you an interesting experience that just occurred, in which I was reminded of what a Wakefield education does for someone.  Recent graduates like myself often joke with each other about how easy our various college writing classes are compared to the high school experience we were afforded, and I was reminded of just how capable a writer Wakefield creates during the past 24 hours here on campus.  This afternoon I had to turn in a 1750 word essay for one of my sociology courses.  While a requirement of 1750 words is hardly a demanding task for anyone coming from the classrooms of Wakefield, it was the topic of the essay that proved difficult.  I was to identify two structures of society that hold women in the working class back, and within those structures identify two agents that accomplish the same result.  One of these structures had to be related to the reproduction of labor power, and I also needed to relate these structures to the theories and ideas discussed by Friedrich Engels in his work "The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State".  I completed the paper, in true Wakefield fashion, extremely late at night while feeling entirely satisfied with the work I had produced and the obstacle I had overcome. It was because of this paper that I recognized, yet again, the true value of a Wakefield education.  Everyone knows that the school provides its students with an exceptional writing education, but I found myself ruminating, at about 3:30 this morning, on another aspect of my high school experience.  Through your various classes and writing assignments you give Wakefield students an incredibly useful skill, a skill that has been recognized and discussed by many former graduates, to include many of the members of the Class of 2012.  While not a part official goals of the Wakefield writing program, one of the most beneficial things given to students is a high level of familiarity with writing techniques, to the point where we can write solid pieces in a scholarly voice on topics that we may not be wholly familiar with.  It is inevitable, obviously, that as a writer you will encounter topics which you know little about.  To be able to craft a successful and clear paper on such a topic within the deadline constraints of college is an immensely useful tool, and one that does not go unnoticed by the graduates of Wakefield.

Stepping away from the subconscious teachings of Wakefield, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the official writing curriculum which you taught all of us.  I was sitting through a presentation this morning in my college writing course that dealt with style and word choice.  I kid you not when I say the topics of these slides were things such as "write with clarity" and "don't use a thesaurus to find synonyms, let your style be your own".  It was during this presentation that I began thinking of my education, and an analogy came to me.  While it could easily be phrased in a more eloquent form I am a fan of it's original diction, which was something along the lines of "Wakefield's writing program was a Harley-Davidson, this course I'm sitting through now is more like a tricycle, which has training wheels on it just for good measure."  Our college writing professor went on to spring an essay assignment on us, 5 to 6 pages due Sunday at midnight.  I was also assigned a 12 page paper in my American Public Policy class earlier today as well, and it was when I was thinking about both of these upcoming papers that I realized the physical aspect of attending Wakefield which supplements the mental one. I was motivated by the simple fact that keeps myself and other graduates going: we were able to grind through Wakefield for five days per week and manage our workload there, so the combination of all the free time of college and the meager nature of most of the assignments given to us means that said assignments are rarely, if ever, likely to pose a serious challenge to our abilities.

I sat down and typed more than I had intended to here today, and apologize for the length of the email.  I am happy to be able to share this experience and these thoughts with all of you, and would once again like to express my appreciation for the work you all put in to shape Wakefield students as effective writers.  It is the honest truth that until you have left Wakefield you can never fully understand what you were given, and today I have noticed this more than ever.  I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully visiting the campus sometime soon! P.S.       While my name no longer appears in your grade books I was sure to proofread this email several times, and was in fact nervous about writing it in the first place.  To write a piece for one Wakefield lit teacher is tough, to write to three of you in one sitting would have at one point seemed an insurmountable task.

Brian Vandermast ('12)

Dear Mrs. Bates,

  Thank you for touching the hearts of many lives, including mine inside the world of wonderful science.  Your joy of teaching science has inspired me and many others.  The work (f*D) you have put in has made this year at Wakefield in 5th a wonderful time.  You made science come to life with kindness, creativity, and giving us new challenges everyday.  You have answered many of my questions that expanded the verge of my knowledge.  You were an astounding teacher.


Note:  Mrs. Bates is the fourth and fifth grade science teacher. 

         This was written by a student in her fifth grade class. 

Dear Mrs. Bates,

The entire U.S.A. took a standardized test called the National Science League. There was a group of top ten scores. Those scores were averaged. Our school had the third highest average in the U.S.A.! Our school has about 50 6th graders! Imagine how many kids there are in sixth, seventh and eighth grades! Out of the top ten scores, I placed 7th!! I just wanted to say thanks, because without you I wouldn't have been able to do it! Thanks for teaching me everything I know!

P.S. If you were wondering, I got 39/40 correct!

 My favorite facet of the Wakefield education is the friendship and bonds one forms with each and every one of his or her teachers.  This has always stood out to me; the fact that teachers at Wakefield don't just stand behind a podium and lecture, they have real conversations with you in class, out of class, and sometimes over the phone or via text.  One truly gets to know his or her teacher beyond the classroom and this bond is important in fueling a student's enthusiasm about a class.

Sean Plummer ('12) 


Although Wakefield prides itself on academic integrity, there are so many more areas that students excel in.  There have been some great athletes, artists, and actors that have come through Wakefield.  Most people are able to balance their academics and still participate and excel in other activities.

Lilly Withers ('08)

 I am so appreciative of the high level of academic learning I experienced at Wakefield.  I was more prepared for in-class learning in college and post-grad schooling.  I think also emphasizing the importance of community is something that I will forever treasure.

Tabitha Ward ('06)