Fort Worth Country Day Master Teachers

Fort Worth Country Day’s Endowed Master Teaching Chair designation is the highest distinction earned by FWCD faculty members who have a sustained record of teaching excellence. The School has nine chairs that are awarded for three-year terms:

  • The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Chair for Distinguished Teaching Chair in Athletics and Physical Education
  • The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Chair for Distinguished Teaching Chair in Lower School
  • The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Chair for Distinguished Teaching Chair in Middle School
  • The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Upper School
  • The James S. Garvey Chair for Distinguished Teaching in History
  • The Roach Family Lower School Chair for Distinguished Teaching in Primary Grades
  • The Thomas M. Ryan Chair for Distinguished Teaching in Lower School
  • The Wagner Family Chair for Distinguished Teaching in English
  • The Fine Arts Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Art
Each honoree has gone through an extensive application and interview process. While all FWCD faculty adhere to the Principles of Professional Excellence, Endowed Master Teachers are those who consistently go above and beyond expectations.


“These teachers represent the very best in education – their students and colleagues adore them, they study their craft, and they engage, challenge and connect.”
— Eric Lombardi, Head of School

Current Endowed Master Teaching Chair Holders

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  • Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Athletics and Physical Education

    "As a PE teacher, I love being able to inspire our youth to get out of their comfort zones and be active every day. Being a coach has been my way of giving back and teaching important life lessons through sport that my coaches so graciously bestowed upon me.  It is my hope that the foundation our students build of commitment, teamwork and a healthy lifestyle extend well beyond their time at Fort Worth Country Day."  
    — DeAnn Hall
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  • Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Lower School

    "Education and the craft of teaching have long been my passion both in the classroom and in the library. Whether engaging students in creative ways, working with fellow educators or assisting parents, service is always at the heart of my work."
    — Tammy Wolford
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  • Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Middle School

    "I love teaching math to MS students; they are fun, funny, quirky and bright. It has been said that no one needs love more or deserves it less than middle schoolers, and I can't imagine teaching at any other level. My students make me laugh and I learn from them everyday. My goal is to challenge my students to think for themselves, to help them grow as individuals and to build their confidence. "
    -Robin Willis
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  • Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Upper School

    "I am thankful for the exchange of ideas that my students provide on a daily basis, and I can think of no greater purpose that a teacher could have than to reciprocate by teaching students not what to think, but how to think, to sift through the constant bombardment of information that is around them and decipher what it means and how to use it."
    – Alison Robinson
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  • James S. Garvey Chair for Distinguished Teaching in History

    “Through dialogue in class and public speaking, students work to develop the confidence to have their own opinions and to voice those opinions. I strive to show them the importance of backing up their opinions with reasoning, logic and facts. Success means that I have helped my students find the confidence to speak up...to sit at the dinner table with their parents and discuss the political landscape of the day, or uncover the bias within a major news story.”
     – Sara Teegarden
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  • Roach Family Lower School Chair for Distinguished Teaching in Primary Grades

    “I strive to treat each student, parent, colleague and co-worker with dignity and respect. I simply love my job and was born to teach kindergarten!”
    — Lisa Dickerson Davenport ’87
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  • Fine Arts Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Art

    “I believe that ballet class is more than an exercise in mastering steps; it is a process of self-discovery and learning the best way to develop artistry through dance. Not only do I want them [my students] to have confidence in ballet, but also to bring this discipline into their personal lives and become productive individuals in society.”
    — Carrie Cheng
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  • Wagner Family Chair for Distinguished Teaching in English

    “[Students] have to hear laughter and see me smile in the classroom. They need to know that I am happy, which perhaps encourages them to be happy too. I am a self-admitted goofball, book nerd ... and their sports or ballet or Latin Club fan. Teachers need to be real, so in the classroom, I try to tell relatable life stories, to let them know that I am human too.”
    — Jacqueline Rains
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  • Thomas M. Ryan Chair for Distinguished Teaching in Lower School

    "I have a big sign on the inside of our classroom door that I want the children to see every day. The sign says ‘Go out into the world and be kind. Your kindness can change the world.’ I work every day to instill the values of kindness and respect into my children’s lives and interactions with peers and teachers. I dedicate time each day … to talk about solving problems through kindness and respect for others."
    – Sarah Akhar Smith ’91
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  • View Previous Recipients


    The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Lower School
    • Tammy Wolford, 2019
    • Dr. Mark Martin, 2017-19 (moved to Middle School)
    • Caroline Corpening Lamsens ’99, 2013-17
    • Darlene Ignagni, 2007-10 (retired)
        
    The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Middle School
    • Robin Willis, 2019
    • Michael Parker, 2013-18
    • Tara Forrest, 2007-13
     
    The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Upper School
    • Bob Booth, 2017-2021
    • David Hoppe, 2011-17
    • Norma Wilkerson H’07, 2007-11
     
    The Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Distinguished Teaching Chair in Athletics and Physical Education
    • DeAnn Hall, 2019
    • Paige Farris Chisholm ’87, 2013-18
    • Shelley Rains, 2007-13
                   
    The James S. Garvey Chair for Distinguished Teaching in History
    • Colin Douglas ’06, 2017-2021
    • Brian Farda, 2013-17
    • Bill Arnold ’86, 2007-13
     
    The Wagner Family Chair for Distinguished Teaching in English
    • Jackie Rains, 2017
    • Catherine Collins- Vecino, 2008-17
     
    The Fine Arts Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Arts
    • Carrie Cheng, 2017
    • Dorrine DeChant, 2011-17
    • Lisa Screeton, 2007-08 (resigned)
     
    The Thomas M. Ryan Chair for Distinguished Teaching in Lower School
    • Chloe Bade Anderson ’05, 2017-2021
    • Christine Derber, 2013-17
    • Barbara Meyers, 2007-13
     
    The Roach Family Lower School chair for Distinguished Teaching in Primary Grades
    • Lisa Dickerson Davenport ’87, 2017
    • Sara McCullough, 2011-17
    • Ronda Hill, 2007-11 (retired)
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