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Wakefield announces new head of lower school

Tuesday, Apr. 29 | By Hannah Dellinger
The new head Wakefield Lower School, Dr. Margo Isabel
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Wakefield has chosen Dr. Margo Isabel to take the helm of its lower school with a focus on global learning.

Isabel will leave her post as Lower School Assistant Director at Flint Hill School in Oakton and will join Wakefield on July 1. She will be taking on her new role at Wakefield at the same time as the school’s new incoming Headmaster, David Colón. Isabel was hired because of her background in global education. She studied international relations and Latin American studies at Scripps College and received a master’s in multicultural/bilingual education from Fairfield University. Isabel earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership and international education from George Mason University.

“Wakefield was eager to grow in the areas of my expertise: global education and student centered learning with a focus on the whole child,” said Isabel. “Wakefield gave me both an opportunity and a challenge that I simply couldn’t turn down.”

Isabel has lived in Loudoun County for 14 years and was glad to take on a leadership role at a school closer to home that has the same educational goals for its students that she has championed for years.

“I consider global education to be the nucleus of all modern learning practices,” she said. “Our students must leave our campus as creative problem-solvers, effective communicators and knowledgeable citizens able to interact with people from around the world.”

At Flint Hill Isabel supported the implementation of an iPad initiative for kindergarten through fourth grade students, adopting a student-centered learning approach and organized a summer program with a multicultural curriculum.

Jackie Viteri, the senior communications specialist at Flint Hill School, said that Isabel has been a great asset to the school and that she will be missed.
"Margo has been a remarkable educator and leader in our Lower School,” said Viteri. “She has been a tremendous asset to Flint Hill School's students and parents, as well as a generous and collaborative colleague. She will be missed greatly here, and I know she will contribute as positively to Wakefield as she has at Flint Hill School."

Incoming Headmaster David Colón said in a press release that Isabel’s global perspective will be a great asset to Wakefield.

"Her work on global education is impressive and will help us as we seek to build a global component to the Wakefield experience,” he said.” “Her work in technology integration will help prepare our students for the future. But what really stands out to me about Margo is how she has managed to do all of this while instilling a sense of joy and wonder in the classroom.”

Isabel’s approach as an educator and administrator is holistic. She believes that her job is to create a learning environment for students in which every aspect of student’s life is encouraged and nurtured.

“My sole purpose as an educator is to interact with, support and have a direct impact on the lives of children,” she said. “School should be a positive, engaging and fun experience for all – children and adults. If I can continue to foster this environment at Wakefield, then I know I will have surpassed my goal as an educator.”

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