Donor Impact Report: Stories from a Year Like No Other

Donor Impact Report: Stories from a Year Like No Other

As I reflect over the last year, I'm sometimes astonished that in the midst of a worldwide pandemic our school has managed to conduct so safely in-person learning for our students. This wouldn't have been possible without you, the remarkable people who make up our community. I'm writing to share our new Donor Impact Report, which includes stories from faculty and staff about how they overcame the obstacles of the most challenging school year in memory. We also hear from Ella Schutze '21, in a beautifully written essay on what it was like to graduate during a pandemic. Her resilience and love for Woodward remind me of why we are here.

I'm deeply grateful to everyone at Woodward for your dedication, and I recognize that the work of so many others was vital to keeping our doors open to in-person and remote learners in 2020-2021. Our success depended on every single member of our community, working together, and I’ve never been so proud of Woodward. When few other schools across the country were able to remain open, we found a way forward that kept our community safe and healthy while allowing our students to continue learning and even to go on with student life traditions, albeit in altered forms.

We couldn’t have done it without our incredible faculty and staff and the support of our parents, alumni, and friends. Woodward Fund donors came through for the Academy, giving us the resources for expenses prompted by the pandemic. Every year, The Woodward Fund is vital to our school’s operating budget, and never more so than in 2020-2021. Thank you for your support and for dedicating yourself to this community.

F. Stuart Gulley, Ph.D.



You can read the full Donor Impact Report at