Whendy Carter, Director of the Preschool at TBMS
Describe your role at TBMS: My role as Director of The Preschool at TBMS will be to lead a strong team effort to create an outstanding new preschool in Manhattan. There are many important facets of the job, but based on my experience three are especially key. The first is to build, retain, and inspire an outstanding teaching staff. A great school must have great teachers. The second is to establish an open and effective relationship with the parent community, whose enthusiastic support is essential to success. The third is to put in place a strong ex-missions placement program, so that families considering our school will have confidence that it provides a good starting educational foundation for their children. Achieving these three goals will help us make The Preschool at TBMS a premier preschool in the city.
Why music is important to you? One of the most important, and helpful, aspects of our journey in creating The Preschool at TBMS is TBMS’s history and reputation in the field of music. I have always regarded music as an essential element in any successful preschool program, but at TBMS we have an unmatched opportunity to make music a signature ingredient in the day-to-day life and culture of the institution. Our preschool children will come to understand why music truly is a gift!
What is your background? I believe that my education and experience in the preschool field have perfectly positioned me to effectively carry out my responsibilities in starting and operating The Preschool at TBMS. I certainly have learned the basic fundamentals of what is required to start a new preschool, in terms of recruiting teachers, attracting families and thriving in the neighborhood community, but more importantly I have direct, hands-on experience in successfully dealing with the many day-to day challenges that beginning a new school entails.
I was the Founding Director of the The Church of the Epiphany Day School, on the upper east side, where I served as Director for nearly a decade. I later served as the Director of Montclare Children’s School on the upper west side, and I most recently held the position of Division Head and Director of the Harker School in San Jose, CA. I have been a coach, advisor and adjunct professor at a variety of New York City institutions and organizations including the Department of Education, Bank Street College of Education, Hunter College, and Parents League of NY.