Shirley Windward, co-founder and namesake of Windward School, accomplished much in her life. She taught extensively in the public school system, was a long-time educational consultant, sang in a madrigal choir, published several volumes of poetry, and helped edit several magazines. In 1971, she helped begin a tiny independent school on the West side of Los Angeles because she wanted to give local kids a better education.
A woman of inexhaustible enthusiasm and insight, Shirley worked at Windward School as an English teacher, counselor, and board member for over 40 years. In fact, her accomplishments inspired a documentary film about her and other female pioneers. But Shirley's accomplishments are not why we love her here. Shirley's kindness, curiosity, wit, and affection toward everyone she met, reminds us why we continue to work so hard at Windward School, and why we fight so hard for quality independent education.
When we say that we are a nurturing community, it is because of Shirley Windward. When we say we want our students to find their passions and become caring and well informed people, we are modeling our students directly on our guiding light: Shirley Windward.