Head of School ~ Pam Chambers email
I was born in Texas and then lived mainly in Indiana, growing up in a deeply rooted Quaker family where education was always valued. I met my husband Doug while earning my degree at Friends University and we have two children, Cameron and Kendra. I worked as a Preschool Teacher and Director of a Before and After School Program before going into healthcare, working as a nursing home administrator for several years and then as Administrator at Great Bend Regional Hospital for 13 1/2 years. I enjoy life and my family, especially our two little granddaughters, Pearl and Porter, who bring me so much joy! I am passionate about creating a nurturing environment for our children at WFS that embraces the whole child – mind, body and spirit. 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 has worked in Early Childhood for over 20 years, including as the director of a child care center. Pam’s experience has validated the individuality and uniqueness of each child and has given her a sincere appreciation for her mission of guiding children in their educational journeys. “I am high-energy. You have to be in an early childhood classroom! But I also have a gift of calming presence. Using kind words and respectful actions in the classroom forms the foundation for children to become good citizens. I believe in the importance of play in my classroom, while encouraging each child to meet and exceed developmental and academic milestones. I truly love my work with children!”
Preschool Teacher ~ Jenifer Kon email
Jenifer came to the U.S. – specifically to Garden City, Kansas — from South Vietnam when she was 8 years old. Jenifer is married to Andrew and has two boys, Brysen and Rylen, at WFS. During the 2016-17 school year, Jenifer found joy as a WFS parent through weekly volunteer work in the library and as our physical education teacher, in addition to being a field trip chaperone and classroom assistant on-call. Having studied at the University of Kansas, Jenifer is currently working on her CDA certificate.
“While my boys were infants I spent most of my time home-schooling them and taking in many Wichita activities to expand their minds with STEM-learning environments. Even though my boys are close in age, they each have very different personalities and interests. I quickly learned that children’s learning abilities are different and unique, requiring individualized approaches and techniques. I am happy to expand my teaching role at WFS in our youngest preschool class.”
Kindergarten – Jessica Williamson email
Jessica is our Kindergarten teacher and has her B.A. in Elementary Education from Wichita State University. Jessica worked in a variety of Wichita classrooms during her college career, gaining experience and insight into K – 3rd grade environments. Additionally she brings daycare and preschool experience working with children ages birth through four years to our WFS early childhood educational setting. “I view my role in the classroom as a facilitator to my students’ learning. I believe in creating a positive and inclusive classroom environment to meet the needs of individual students and to stimulate the excitement of discovery in the class group.”
Originally from Idaho, Jessica has also lived in Hawaii, Arizona and the U.S. Virgin Isalnds, but now calls Wichita her adopted home. She enjoys time outdoors, exploring Kansas, attending local events, walking her dog, spending time with her family, and researching education.
1st-2nd Grade – Maci Grimes email
A Wichita native, Maci relocated to Andale, KS in 2007. Maci obtained a B.A. in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education from McPherson College and has experience working with children in preschool, elementary and special education settings. “I am passionate about education and am committed to providing and maintaining a nurturing environment where students are free to use their own creativity and imagination.”
Retired from a career in higher education and a secondary career in liturgical music as church organist and children’s music minister, Connie assists with our WFS Monday morning worship, leads Godly Play Bible stories and Faith & Play Quaker stories, teaches music (singing and rhythm), and manages our school library. Connie’s educational background includes a B.A. in English Education from Southwestern College; a Master’s in Community Counseling from Appalachian State University, and Faith Formation Certification in children’s ministry from the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina. ”I am so blessed to be able to combine my educational experience, my faith, my music and my love of books into one volunteer position at this wonderful school.”
Financial Manager ~ Gracie Rodriguez email
Gracie Rodriguez is the Financial Manager and is entering her 6th 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, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other charities within the community. Family is her greatest joy which includes her husband, four grown children, thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren!