The Board of Directors at Wakefield Country Day School has appointed Jessica Lindstrom as the new Head of School. Board Chair Denise Dale made the announcement this week.
“Mrs. Lindstrom brings extensive experience in teaching and administrative positions in independent schools,” said Dale. “Her energy and commitment to our mission and methods will ensure the school we know and love will continue to meet the needs of our students and faculty for many years to come.” Mrs. Lindstrom will begin her duties on July 1.
Lindstrom will replace Kathleen Grove, who is retiring from the position after leading the school for eight years. “This transition is a bittersweet one for all of us, but the firm foundation established by Mrs. Grove gives us all confidence in moving ahead,” Dale said.
“I especially want to thank Mrs. Grove,” said Lindstrom, “for all that she has done during her tenure to make Wakefield what it is today: a school with high personal and academic standards – one I will be proud to lead and represent within our larger community in the years to come.”
Lindstrom has more than 30 years of experience in the education field as teacher, administrator and writer of curriculum for educational foundations. She has taught English, German, theater arts and music in independent schools both in the US and abroad; in 1991, she received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.
“I sat and watched the Wakefield movie on the school’s website,” said Lindstrom, “and was so particularly pleased with the lack of ostentation, and the emphasis on language, literature and community events like the Medieval Banquet. Especially impressive were all of the people interviewed within the movie. From the young to the old, from the parents to the teachers, all spoke their thoughts coherently, fluidly and with sophistication.” “I also felt those in the film exuded high standards and values,” she added.
In addition to studying at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the University of California, Berkeley, Lindstrom earned her M.A. from Indiana University and graduated cum laude from Smith College with her B.A. in English and German. Her husband, attorney C. Timothy Lindstrom, is a former member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and adjunct professor at the University of Virginia.
Grove will be involved in Lindstrom’s transition into leading the school. Plans are currently being made to introduce the new Head of School to parents and alumni as well as Wakefield’s neighbors and the members of its community.