It seems like just yesterday that I drove my car up the tree-lined Woodlynde School driveway to move into my new office. As a former public school principal who saw students with learning differences denied the education they needed and truly deserved, I was enchanted by Woodlynde’s mission of providing an individualized education that allowed each student to reach his or her full potential.
I saw in Woodlynde and its teachers a passion for teaching and for kids that I hadn’t seen elsewhere; the close-knit community allowed children to be themselves, to recognize their own ability, and to develop confidence. And I saw a school with a solid root structure in place that, with the right care and cultivation, would blossom into a recognized leader in the education of students who learn differently. I am proud to say that over the past nine years, we have become that recognized leader. It is therefore with mixed emotions that I have decided to resign at the end of the 2017-2018 school year and allow the next head of school to continue Woodlynde’s progress and lead the school’s efforts of transforming the lives of its current and future students.
While this year will be my last, I remain wholeheartedly committed to Woodlynde this semester and hope to accomplish much between now and June 30. Over the past nine years, Woodlynde has added and strengthened its academic curriculum and offerings, enhanced its LEAD student life and extracurricular program, addressed the social and emotional life of our students with unique partnerships, prepared students for college with dual enrollment partnerships with local and national colleges and universities, and dramatically improved the facilities within which we do this. Over the next semester, our leadership team will continue to expand and refine our academic offerings and integrate technology more fully and seamlessly into the fabric of our classrooms, all while working to spread the word about remarkable Woodlynde success stories to children and families who would benefit from a Woodlynde education. I’d also love the chance to hear from you about your family’s Woodlynde experience so that I may more effectively help prepare my successor for Woodlynde’s next great iteration. Next school year, the Fulco family will be journeying north to Buffalo, New York, where I will serve as the president of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, a high school with a mission rooted in the philosophy of St. John Baptist de Lasalle. The Lasallian ethos focuses on inclusivity and teaching to the individual, and I will therefore continue the work that I have come to love in my time at Woodlynde School.
Woodlynde means so much to me, and I will always be close to this school and its people. I look forward to working with you all over the coming months, and I am confident that during my future visits, I will see a school moving toward a bright future.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.