Stamford education foundation adds position to meet growing needs
STAMFORD — Lindsay Wyman should know the concerns of teachers — she was one herself.
In July, Wyman took over as director of programming for the Stamford Public Education Foundation. But before she went into educational programming, she spent 13 years as a teacher and administrator at the elementary level. She feels that experience prepares her to give teachers the support they need through SPEF programming.
“This is my dream job and I honestly mean that,” said Wyman, 38. “I’ve wanted to do something like this for a really long time.”
Wyman, a Wilton native and resident, is SPEF’s first director of programming. Her position was added to keep up with the growth of the organization. According to SPEF CEO Matt Quinones, the group has increased its budget by 112 percent over the last four years. It serves 21 Stamford public schools and provides mentoring to more than 900 students.
“This was a position the organization was needing moving forward to ensure our programs were going to maintain their impact as the organization has grown,” Quinones said. “Having someone who was...responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, and contribute to strategic planning was something we thought was needed at this time.
“Lindsay has a great background in education and certainly has a strong background in literacy, which is an area our programs try to address,” Quinones added. “Given her experience, it was a good fit.”
Wyman’s experience in education spans public and private schools in teaching and administration roles. She began her career as a special education teacher specializing in reading at Eagle Hill School, before becoming head of the literature department and head of the lower school at the Greenwich institution. After spending a decade at Eagle Hill, she became the director of teaching and learning for the lower school at King School for three years.
Wyman then took her classroom experiences to consulting, working for the Brooklyn-based Lit Life, which helps schools across the country develop strong literacy programs.
Wyman said she was looking to get into nonprofits when she met Quinones through Impact Fairfield County. She brings to the role an understanding of the learning process and what teachers and students need to bridge gaps.
“Sometimes I’d be working with a student and there simply were not enough hours in the day,” Wyman said. “That’s really where SPEF has an opportunity to help the students and teachers and administrators by bridging the gap between what the students and teachers need. If we can offer phenomenal summer programming or enrichment programming, then that’s almost a gift we can give them. They have a hard enough job, which is terribly rewarding, but it’s a really difficult job to get done in a day.”
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