Worcester Preparatory School administrators and teachers recall memories of the school’s early days and the special bond that’s been created over the years
Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin has grown and evolved in many ways since it first rang the school bell in 1970. The independent school’s founding mission of providing a rigorous college-preparatory education has not wavered in its 46 years, and 100 percent of its students have gone on to attend college. Worcester Prep has stood the test of time by not only providing a top-tier, forward-thinking education from pre-kindergarten through high school but also by giving its students the tools they’ll need for a successful and rewarding life. Here, several of the institution’s teachers — some of whom are themselves former students — discuss the school and share their memories about coming aboard over the better part of five decades.
Dr. Barry Tull
As an original staff member of the school, I saw the student body grow from 113 the first year to 547 today. With steady growth, we have remained consistent in maintaining high expectations with a rigorous academic program. Dedicated teachers have been the key to our success, with our current faculty averaging 18.6 years of teaching experience.
Head of Lower School (1973)
This isn’t a place to come to work; it’s a place where we
gather as family. The greatest joy in my life is working with these young
people. Because of them, there’s not been a day in my 43 years at Worcester
that I haven’t looked forward to coming to work.
Science Teacher and Coach (1976)
I have taught and coached at WPS since 1976. Forty years.
That’s a long time. I don’t know of anything else I would have enjoyed more. I keep in touch with
many of our alumni, and it makes me feel so proud to hear of their successes.
Math/Science Teacher and Coach (1984)
I began teaching at Worcester Prep following 13 years in
the public-school system. The academic freedom we get to teach with here would
be a luxury in another academic environment. I set the pace and expectation
level and use the methods I have found work best for the topic. I expect the
students’ best, and they do very well.
Technology Teacher (1993)
I have had a real opportunity to get to know my students over the years and have made a positive impact both academically and socially. I am in a job that keeps evolving and allows me to learn and do new things with my students. Many of my current and former students have won awards and have gone on to work in the tech industry.
Technology Teacher (2000)
We’re really driven by tradition and students’ enthusiasm and passion. One of the girls in my first 4th grade class returned to WPS this year and is teaching down the hall from me. It’s pretty neat to come full-circle like that. I’d like to think that I have had some influence on why she chose the education field.
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (2004)
In May, when we have our graduation, all of the teachers attend. And that’s pretty special. I don’t think many schools have your Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the audience — and all the other teachers they’ve had along the way.
History Teacher and Alumnus (2004)
The stability of the faculty and staff helps create a tight campus community. The small class size allows me to reach all of my students. As the SGA and yearbook advisor, I get to see the students in a nonacademic setting and help them develop their leadership and creative abilities.
Jenn Hall Corron
Science Teacher, Alumna and Coach (2006)
Not only have I taught here the past 10 years, I am an
alumna, and my son is in first grade. I know he will be getting the same
quality of teachers I had, since some of them are still here. What I love most about the school is how much
it has grown over the years, allowing a larger variety of athletics and clubs.
There’s something offered for everybody.
Second Grade Teacher and Coach (2013)
I get excited to wake up every day and come to my job. It’s almost like working at Disney World. The environment here is magical. Our school focuses not only on academics but also on nurturing the “whole child.”
Dr. Barry Tull
The culture of WPS is made up of teachers, administrators
and families who are focused on the same educational values and college
preparedness. As Worcester celebrates five decades of teaching excellence, we
measure our success on the alumni who are positively impacting the world. Our
alumni are successful doctors, lawyers, scientists, artists, writers, financial
advisors and teachers — almost any career you can imagine.
Music Director (2014)
When I came to Worcester, I was very excited about starting an instrumental program. Every sixth grader now plays a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. My passion is to make music relatable to all students and give them a better understanding of that language.
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