Head of School ~ Pam Chambers email I was born in Texas and then lived mainly in Indiana. I grew up in a deeply rooted Quaker family where education was always valued. I graduated from Friends University. I met my husband Doug while at Friends University and we have two children Cameron and Kendra. I worked as a Preschool Teacher and a Director of a Before and After School Program before going into healthcare. I was a nursing home administrator for several years and then for 13 1/2 years I was the Administrator at Great Bend Regional Hospital. I enjoy life and my family. I have two little granddaughters, Pearl and Porter, that bring me so much joy! I am passionate about creating a nurturing environment and that is why I am so excited to be a part of WFS. When I am not working I enjoy hiking, biking, running and watching KU Basketball and Denver Bronco Football.
Director of Early Childhood and Pre-K Teacher ~ Pam Jessup email
Pam Jessup has worked in Early Childhood for over 20 years, including her work as the director of a child care center. Pam believes that each child is unique and she brings a sincere appreciation for the individuality of each child to her mission of guiding children in their educational journeys. She brings an energetic, yet calming presence to the classroom. Ms. Pam emphasizes the importance of using kind words and actions, forming the foundation for children to become good citizens. She believes in the importance of play in the classroom, while encouraging each child to meet and exceed developmental and academic milestones.
Preschool Teacher ~ Silvia Koontz email
Silvia Koontz began her career as an educator when she was a preschool teacher during college, where she studied Civil Engineering. She brings a wealth of childcare and education experience, including owning a home daycare, homeschooling her six children (all grades), substituting in public and private schools, and working for the Sedgwick County Special Education Cooperative as a paraprofessional in the Goddard and Maize school districts. She is working toward her Child Development Associate credential. Her family keeps her busy with her three sons, three daughters, and a three-year-old grandson.
Kindergarten – 1st Grade Teacher – Jessica Williamson email
Jessica Williamson will be joining us as a Kindergarten/First Grade teacher. Ms. Williamson graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University in May 2016. Throughout her college career at WSU, Jessica worked in Wichita classrooms as a teacher assistant in addition to her student internships. She has elementary classroom experience in Kindergarten through Third grade and additionally has over two years of experience in working with children ages birth through four years in a preschool and daycare setting.
She views her role in the classroom as facilitator to her students learning. Her education has provided her with a solid knowledge base about creating a positive and inclusive classroom environment to meet the needs of individual students. Jessica is originally from Idaho and now calls Wichita her adopted home. She lived in Idaho for the majority of
her childhood and has also lived in Hawaii, Arizona, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring Kansas, attending local events, walking her dog, spending time with her family, and researching education.
Enrichment Volunteer ~ Connie Adams
Connie Adams retired from a career in higher education (information technology) and a secondary career in liturgical music as church organist and children’s music minister. She currently leads the children at Wichita Friends School in Godly Play Bible stories and Faith & Play Quaker stories, teaching music (singing and rhythm), and assisting with our “Mystery Reader” program where volunteers read a fun book to each class once a week. Connie’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s in English Education, Southwestern College; Master’s in Community Counseling, Appalachian State University; and Faith Formation Certification (children’s ministry), Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Financial Manager ~ Gracie Rodriguez email
Gracie is the Financial Manager and is entering her 5th year serving WFS. Gracie lived in Chicago, IL and studied at Electronic Computer Program Institute (ECPI), receiving certification as a Computer Programmer. Gracie earned an Associate’s Degree with emphasis in Managerial Accounting from Butler County Community College. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources from Avila University. Other certifications include membership of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and several Leadership Achievement Awards from the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (NACHC). Community involvement includes fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Family is her greatest joy which includes her husband, four grown children, eleven grandchildren, and three great- grandchildren!