Susie Steed, Director of Admission
Growing up, I always thought I’d be a teacher. My idol was my aunt, who taught 4th grade for years and was inducted into the Teachers Hall of Fame at the end of her career. She spent hours playing spelling games with me using words like “antidisestablishmentarianism.” When left on our own, my sister and I played school, but since she was older, she always got to be the teacher. At KU, I majored in elementary education with an emphasis in special education. I did my student teaching in a combined 1st and 2nd grade classroom in a small, rural school outside of Lawrence. I loved that age level, the students’ hunger for learning, and I appreciated the benefits of small class sizes in being able to give individual attention to each child.
My career path took a detour after I interned for Senator Bob Dole in Washington, between my junior and senior year in high school. I caught a mild case of "Potomac Fever" and ended up moving to Washington, D.C. to handle constituent casework for the Senator. After living and working in Washington, D.C. and Little Rock, Arkansas for a number of years, I moved back to Kansas to be closer to my parents. I was fortunate to find a position at Wichita Collegiate that enabled me to combine my love of education with my passion for helping people solve problems – in this case, the challenge of finding the best school for their children.
I never fully appreciated the value of a private school education until I began working at Collegiate in 1992. It’s the most amazing place – being a student at WCS is almost like having a personal trainer for each subject! We have phenomenal, dedicated teachers; a carefully crafted and sequenced curriculum; a focus on active learning and simulations that make learning interesting, fun, and memorable; motivated students who look forward to coming to school every day; and involved families who are committed to giving their children the greatest of all possible gifts: the best education they can find. I would encourage any families who have the slightest interest in seeing what we have to offer their children to call and schedule time to see our students and teachers in action!
Kelli Copeland, Admission Assistant
The choice to join the Collegiate Community for our family was very easy. I grew up in the public school system. After hearing about my husband's experience at Collegiate, it was clear where we planned to send our sons. That was in 2002, and now two of our sons have graduated from WCS with the third is a sophomore in the Upper School this year. I joined the WCS Staff in 2008 as a Part-Time Receptionist and assisted in the Middle School office. A year ago I accepted the position of Admission Assistant.
No other school in Wichita or the surrounding area offers the excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics. Students are challenged in the classroom, on the field, and perform on the stage which takes determination, dedication and hard work. We wanted an environment that would prepare our sons for college and life in general. The passion that the teachers and staff in every division of the school practice comes out in each student. Family is a big word at our house, and at WCS you are part of a bigger family where people care about you. Whether it is catching a ride after school or watching a football practice or volunteering to help out at the concession stand, everyone at WCS treats you like family. We have been blessed to experience Early Childhood, Lower, Middle and Upper School. Each and every education level taught our boys how to study, be disciplined, respectful, and prepared. These values are not a part of most educational environments, but they are standard practice at Wichita Collegiate School. I am thankful to be a part of Collegiate and I welcome new and returning families to the Collegiate Community.