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Upper school at Fort Worth Country Day gets new leadership

Written by Mindia Whittier

The leader’s background includes decades of educational experience in public, private and independent schools.

Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) has appointed the next leader of its Bass Upper School.

Peggy Wakeland assumes the role effective immediately, after serving an integral role at FWCD’s Upper School for more than 28 years. Originally hired as an Upper School math teacher in 1994, she was promoted to Assistant Head of Upper School in 1997 and held that role until nine months ago when she began her tenure as interim Head of Upper School.

Now, as FWCD’s new head of Upper School, she is responsible for assuring academic excellence, overseeing faculty and parent meetings, addressing discipline challenges and curriculum issues and partnering with students facing challenges.

“For the last 26 years, Peggy has been a part of the Upper School’s most important work,” said Eric Lombardi, Head of School. “More than a nod to continuity, Peggy’s appointment is a commitment to community and recognition of her leadership, creativity, and practical know-how. These skills and her perceptiveness have allowed the Upper School to have the most typical ‘FWCD’ experience possible each school day this year, despite persistent challenges of COVID-19.”

Wakeland’s background includes decades of educational experience in public, private and independent schools. She held teaching, coaching, and leadership roles within Castleberry ISD and Fort Worth ISD prior to joining FWCD. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where she received a B.A. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and minored in Mathematics.

“I have been fortunate to work with five Division Heads in my tenure; each of whom fostered my growth as an administrator,” said Wakeland. “Working with them has given me a foundation for leadership of this division. The culture of FWCD is that we are a community — families, students, alumni, faculty, and staff. I look forward to many great years ahead with this community.”

FWCD is the oldest co-ed college-preparatory school in Fort Worth. Situated on 104 acres in southwest Fort Worth, it has 220 faculty/staff members and serves grades JK-12.

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