Honoring Longtime Retiring Faculty and Staff
Posted 05/16/2018 03:17PM
The Country Day community is grateful for the service of this year's retiring faculty and staff members—a total of 192 collective years!
Delores Wilburn / 38 years / Finance Office
In her long tenure with the school, Delores has held the roles of bookkeeper, accountant, and comptroller, and controller. She is described as loyal, dedicated, committed, reliable, kind, and caring by her peers. Delores takes care of the business side of the school in a quiet and professional manner that may not always get noticed, but is essential. While serving the school as controller, Delores was appreciated for her expertise with IRS rules and regulations, and the management of the school’s retirement program, payroll, and relationship with our banking and credit union partners. Exceptionally busy during the height of her career, Delores always had time to stop and assist others. She has served on the school’s Finance Committee and as a Board member of Jefferson Pilot Credit Union, and was honored with an Exceptional Staff Appreciation Award in 1997.
Dianne Lawing / 33 years / Middle SchoolLongtime scheduling coordinator and math teacher at the Middle School, Dianne is respected, appreciated, even revered, for her ability to accommodate so many needs, anticipate and head off challenges, and problem solve, all with her trademark calm and can-do spirit. She is the computer whiz who can slice and dice the data in our various software programs and patiently guide others who are less technically proficient. She is the keeper of knowledge and know-how, who influences quietly from behind the scenes to make the Middle School such a fantastic environment for our students. But it’s not all about schedules, report cards, and operations for Dianne. Since joining Country Day in 1985, Dianne has served Middle School faculty and students in all grades as a math teacher, department chair, Student Council advisor, PE teacher, and a volleyball and basketball coach. She also worked tirelessly and received great personal satisfaction from her many years as coach of the MathCounts team. She was inducted in to the Honorary Alumni Association in February 2018.
Susan McConderee / 31 years / AdvancementKnown as “mission control” to her colleagues, Susan is an integral component to the success of Country Day’s Advancement office. Susan has spent nearly her entire 31 years of service to Country Day helping to build our school’s strong culture of philanthropy and steward our closest friends and supporters. She is the big-hearted, hardworking, behind-the-scenes administrative player who helps make so many programs and events flow seamlessly—from capital campaign listening sessions and annual fund mailings to alumni events. Over the years, Susan has done nearly every job within the Advancement office and is a lifelong learner who embraces new technology and office efficiencies, while also being the keeper of our institutional traditions, history, and culture. Warm, friendly, organized, and knowledgeable, Susan is also known for her great sense of humor and ability to “tell it like it is.” She was inducted in to the Honorary Alumni Association in February 2018.
Katherine Wood / 25 years / Lower SchoolA lead second grade teacher since 2002, Katherine began her career with Country Day as an assistant kindergarten teacher, followed by an assistant position for second grade. Katherine has been referred to as an “All-Star Teacher” who makes a real difference in the lives of her students. She has high expectations for her students and they know, through her nurturing approach, that they can achieve them. A creative and innovative teacher, Katherine is known for responding to situations with just the right tools and resources, whether for a struggling student or a colleague in need of guidance. Described as collaborative, level-headed, and open-minded, Katherine is valued as a both a team player and team leader to her second-grade peers. For her teaching excellence and passion, Katherine was awarded the Faculty Exceptional Performance Award in 2009.
Karen Oldham / 20 years / Upper SchoolThe Upper School Head Librarian since joining Country Day in 1998, Karen has been committed to providing students and faculty with the very best library experience. She has grown the collection to almost 20,000 pieces and has continued to look for new ways to engage students and faculty through books, contests and activities. She is proudest of strengthening the personalized research services for all students and faculty. In many ways, the current library space is the “hub” of student life and Karen sets the tone for the library as positive space for academic and social interaction. She is always there to help a student or teacher find just the right resource to complete an assignment or lesson plan—many times at the last minute. She fields hundreds of inquiries every day and with good humor serves as the “monitor” of the library social spaces. Karen has also served as advisor for the Aquilifers Service Club since 2010 and been instrumental in the school’s annual blood drives. In 2004, she was awarded the Faculty Exceptional Performance Award.
We also thank these retirees for their commitment and wish them well in their next venture.
- Suzanne Crawford, 18 years, Lower School teacher
- Caroline Robicsek, 12 years, Lower School teacher
- Ann Butz, 15 years, Upper School librarian