Poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou was fond of saying, “Be a rainbow in somebody’s cloud.” Over the weekend, following my sharing of news to the community of the health issues of our long-time teacher and colleague, Mrs. Wunder, I received an outpouring of support from students, parents, alumni, and parents of alumni– all who felt compelled to reach out to show the love to Mrs. Wunder who has shown so much love to students over the years. When there have been clouds, Mrs. Wunder has certainly been our rainbow. She must be feeling all of the love that is pouring out from our community because she is doing very well!
Mrs. Wunder is a standard-bearer for us at Roycemore. Beginning her tenure at Roycemore in 1974, her influence on the number of students she has worked with and the culture of our community has been profound. Her dedication is a model by which other faculty members shape their own tenure here. Faculty school-wide embrace a culture of commitment to their craft, dedication to students growth academically, and love for and care of students that is like family.
Maya Angelou said that the influence of teachers is greater than “the most broad, the most wide, the deepest, the most profound influence you can imagine.” We are fortunate at Roycemore to have teachers throughout our school that care deeply and love profoundly– loving students to their highest potential– believing in them even when they don’t believe in themselves. We are guided in our decisions by “what’s best for kids.” Though we are not perfect, we are ever focused on that gold standard–what’s best for each child, every day. This is what makes the difference at Roycemore and manifests rainbows even on cold cloudy January days.