Still Here

Hamlin’s three campus buildings are relatively quiet these days, and there is a palpable sense of being “unplugged” when the girls and their teachers are away. Life at school is certainly not the same when daily teaching and learning are not taking place, yet there is still a great deal of “thinking and doing” in July. Administrators are finishing the hiring of faculty and staff, reviewing the curriculum and writing the new edition of the Curriculum Guide and grid, updating all of the school’s handbooks, redesigning admissions materials, overseeing facilities improvement projects, getting organized for the annual audit of the school’s finances, and working closely with our architects on campus master planning. We are still here! Perhaps most importantly, I am evaluating the performance of my leadership team and engaging in discussions about how we can be more effective as we lead and manage others. I am also grateful for the rigorous evaluation that I receive from Hamlin’s board of trustees, and I have the opportunity each July to meet with the chair of the Hamlin board to discuss my performance, reflect upon the accomplishments and challenges of the past school year, and set leadership goals for the upcoming school year. Summer is a great time to slow down, plan, and think about where we stand as individuals and as an institution. Thus, Hamlin is not truly closed—we have simply shifted into a different gear. I’ll keep the July blog short, so I will now close with a few words of thanks. First, thank you to all of the enthusiastic and passionate members of the Hamlin community—families and employees and friends-- who joined the Hamlin contingent in the San Francisco Pride Parade yesterday. What a gorgeous day it was, filled with the colors of the rainbow as well as great hope and joy. We walked with a large group of people from Bay Area independent schools, and by doing so, Hamlin affirmed its commitment to being a vibrant and inclusive community where all families are celebrated. A Hamlin 2nd grader made a sign that reminded everyone that love makes a family, and a 4th grader did countless cartwheels down Market Street! What a great day. Finally, I wanted to say thank you for two wonderful gifts which I received in June – a large bouquet of pink/peach roses wrapped in brown paper (given to me at graduation) and an incredible “jar of dreams” left on my office table. Somehow the gift cards became detached from their gifts, and I don’t know who the thoughtful gift-givers are! Please let me know who you are so that I can thank you properly. The roses were stunning and brought me great joy, and the jar of dreams still sits on my office table. I have already written a few dreams on paper and placed them in the jar. An incredible African scholar and humanitarian named Tererai Trent (Oprah’s favorite guest of all time!) teaches us about the importance of writing our dreams down and believing in their power. I hold in my heart and head a bold vision for Hamlin, and I look forward to harnessing and building our resources in the year to come as we make our dreams real. Write down your own midsummer dreams—take advantage of the slower pace and change in daily routines to become a better version of yourself! It’s summer, but you’re still here!
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Wanda M. Holland Greene

Wanda M. Holland Greene is currently in her ninth year as Head of School. She is a proud New Yorker and a graduate of Columbia College, receiving her B.A. in English and Psychology. She earned her M.A. in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Wanda complements her work as an educator by serving independent schools and as trustee for Columbia University. She is a vocal performer (jazz, gospel, and soul), an avid reader, poet, and writer.

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