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Thank You, Dr. Palmer!

Please see a letter from Dr. Lisa Palmer sent to the WSSD community on June 17, 2021. As she heads into her retirement, we wish her the best of luck and thank her for her leadership and dedication over the past ten years.

Dear Wallingford Swarthmore Community,

As the school year comes to a close, I want to take some time to reflect on this past year and the future within the WSSD community. The 2020/2021 school year was one that we could never have imagined. We started remotely, with our students behind screens for the first (and hopefully only) “Virtual First Day of School.” Our teachers faced tremendous obstacles, yet created a semblance of consistency and normalcy in a sea of isolation. As the year progressed, we began to welcome students back into school in cohorts, again beginning to return to the way things were before COVID. Everything looked different - with distancing, masking, and hand sanitizer everywhere - yet our students, faculty, and community rallied together to make the most out of hybrid learning. More recently, we were able to return our students to full, in-person learning - albeit still masked - to continue the return to what we knew schooling should be. Each change was met with determination by our students, parents, faculty, and staff, which was vital to our collective success and safety.  As we began to close out our year, I was thrilled that we were able to have an in-person graduation, where we were able to see the joy exuding from our students and families for finishing what can only be described as a year unlike any other.

At graduation I spoke about our collective future - one that is shaped by every individual in our community. As I reflect back on my ten years at WSSD, I am reminded about what we have all accomplished together.  I have seen our students grow and thrive academically, athletically, and within the arts, and I have seen ten awesome classes graduate. I am so grateful to have been able to finish my career here at this amazing District and within this community.  I am tremendously optimistic about a very bright future for WSSD.

As I leave, I want to bring back the notion of the superintendent being a member of a relay team. I have held the baton for five years, and it is now my time to pass it to Dr. Marseille who is ready to receive it. I know you will welcome Dr. Marseille with the same warmth and enthusiasm with which you welcomed me ten years ago. As I leave Strath Haven this summer, please know that I will hold a piece of this community forever in my heart and look forward to following your great success in the future. My Panther Pride will always be strong, and I will truly miss seeing the smiling faces of our students.