On Thursday, July 23, partners and friends of Waverly Elementary/Middle School gathered at the Cathedral of the Incarnation to put on a welcome reception for newly appointed principal Michelle Ferris. Ferris began near the end of the 2008-2009 school year, and though she has a difficult job she clearly has an abundance of support from partners like City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Franciscan Youth Center, Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Ednor Gardens-Lakeside, Waverly, and the Cathedral’s leadership.
Representatives from these organizations, as well as City Schools CEO Dr. Andrés Alonso and several parents from the Waverly PTO, gave Ferris a warm welcome over light fare. Mary Pat Clarke and Maggie McIntosh spoke at the event, along with Karen Stokes and Karen DeCamp of GHCC, Rev. Jan Hamill of the Cathedral, and Antwaine Smith of Franciscan Youth Center. The reception provided time for speakers to thank the Waverly’s strongest supports for their unfailing support of the school, especially their successful advocacy campaign to secure funding for a badly needed new middle school facility.
Overall, organizers hailed the event as a great success. DeCamp highlighted the potential for Waverly Elementary/Middle to become a flagship school for Baltimore City, given the forthcoming new facility and the wide network of support for the school. If Michelle Ferris’ welcome reception is any indication, Waverly is well on its way to becoming a model for schools across the city.