First-grade teacher Susanne Reid has been named the inaugural recipient of the newly created Downing/Williams Endowed Chair of Teaching Excellence. She will hold the honor for the 2019-20 academic year.
“She has laid the foundation for our youngest Chargers during her 17 years here at PD,” Head of School Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw said while announcing the award during Friday’s Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2019.
Her teaching and academic accomplishments include training in Responsive Classroom, Love & Logic, and Orton-Gillingham; serving on numerous accreditation committees; earning her Global Educator’s Certificate with travels to Honduras and Turkey; serving as a Teaching Fellow; and earning a previous Teacher of the Year honor.
“(She) truly loves her students like they are her own children; she cares for and nurtures them in her own special way. Year after year, parents express gratitude for this teacher and her special gift of helping their children grow in confidence,” Cowlishaw added.
The Downing/Williams Endowed Chair of Teaching Excellence was established in 2018 with the philanthropic support of Nancy and Bruce Downing, parents of Yates ‘12; Charlotte ‘14; Tommy ‘17; and Michael ‘19.
Endowed Chairs are synonymous with exceptional faculty and teaching excellence. The chair is awarded to a full-time faculty member who will hold this high distinction for one academic year. The recipient receives a stipend of $7,500 and a professional development award of $3,500.
For other news from Friday's Commencement including other award winners, see the PD Commencement page.