New chapter for Ancona’s Wishne

By Daschell M. Phillips
Staff Writer

In the midst of the Ancona School’s 50th-year celebration, school head Bonnie Wishne announced her retirement so that she can help plan for the school’s next 50 years.
After 35 years at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Wishne announced that she will retire in 2015.

Wishne made the announcement two years in advance because she will be leading a strategic planning process to clarify Ancona’s vision for the next era, according to Fiona Green, director of marketing and communications at Ancona.

“By announcing her retirement the school has the time it will need to prepare for and conduct a thorough search to find the right leader to take that plan forward,” Green said.
Wishne began at Ancona in 1977 as a teacher who helped develop what was then the school’s new 7th and 8th grade program. In 1986 she was promoted to school head.

“We have the deepest gratitude and admiration for Bonnie’s more than three decades of work, first as a teacher and then for the past 26 years, as head of the school,” said Josh Schwartz, president of the Ancona school board. “She has touched hundreds of lives.”
Ancona will form a search committee that will work with a professional search firm and begin its search for a new head in winter 2014. The school hopes to have its new school head by the winter of 2015.

As she helps Ancona plan for the future Wishne said she hopes the things that set Ancona apart from other institutions for so many years remain the same.

“In the midst of an increasingly standardized educational landscape, we have worked to preserve and enhance not only attention to the individual child, but also authentic, experiential education that sets the course for a lifetime of creative engagement with learning,” Wishne said. “These are the legacies I hope Ancona will carry forth.”