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 embody Head of School Eric Lombardi’s tenets: They engage, challenge and connect.”
— Bill Arnold ’86, Director of Strategic Projects

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

    “Content, immersion and eclectic, engaging methodology are how our students succeed here at FWCD and beyond. I think the cliché about being lifelong learners is perhaps most important for language instructors; we have to avoid losing sight of our first steps in the languages to attempt to teach. We must encourage, model and challenge … without scaring away.”
    — Bob Booth
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  • James S. Garvey Chair for Distinguished Teaching in History

    “As a teacher, the focus of our leadership should not target just our peers. Its main concentration should be on the students. As we try to inspire the passion to learn, the courage to lead and the commitment to serve, every teacher should know that that task starts with us as role models.”
    — Colin Douglas ’06
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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 hope to instill in my students a passion for learning that extends beyond their traditional schooling experience. This focus comes from my own love of challenging myself and developing as an educator. My colleagues allow me to discuss best practices and current research, curriculum, classroom management, and other ways to improve the School for the students and their families.”
    — Chloe Bade Anderson ’05
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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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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