John Mullany '07

Woodlynde School is all about the care and compassion of its community. The Woodlynde community is a family. It’s something that Woodlynde can always brag about.
When I was a junior at Woodlynde, we performed The Laramie Project, a play about the aftermath of the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard. It was a deeply enriching experience on multiple levels. As an impressionable young man, I felt a great deal of empathy for Shepard, his family, and the people in his community. For my classmates and I, having the opportunity to tell this story in front of our parents, teachers, and peers was an enriching and beautiful experience.

To this day, I am so moved by the support we received by the school to put on the play. When we performed, there were a lot of tears on the stage and off. As actors, the play taught us the value of the arts and how it can be a humanitarian effort to incite thought-provoking conversations.

I’ve found myself thinking about that play and memory a lot lately. It was a profound moment that reinforced the importance of empathy, compassion, and sympathy. I hope that students at Woodlynde will continue to learn about those qualities in the future – whether it is through the arts, athletics, or in the classroom.

- John Mullany ’07, Board Member
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445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
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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 Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), 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.