The Woodward School Appoints Belinda Ranstrom as Principal
Belinda Ranstrom has been appointed Principal of the Woodward School in Quincy. Ranstrom joined the school over the summer to prepare for its 123rd academic year this fall. The Woodward School first opened its doors in 1894. Founded in 1869 by President John Adams' cousin, Ebenezer Woodward and his wife, Mary Greenleaf Woodward, The Woodward School is an independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12.
Ranstrom's education experience spans 16 years, including 11 years as a teacher and most recently as a Director at the English High School, a Commonwealth Pilot School. Ranstrom has a BA in Criminal Justice and a MEd in Secondary Education, both from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA.
In the Principal role, Ms. Ranstrom will manage faculty, and support students and families. Ranstrom has expertise in developing and supporting new teachers. She has worked with professionals who came to education from other backgrounds assisting them in developing instructional and classroom management skills. She has worked as a school leader in planning and implementing school policies to assist in the development of students. Ms. Ranstrom has worked collaboratively with teachers across disciplines to plan project- and problem-based integrated units that allow students to use their knowledge and skills in authentic ways. She has brokered many strong community partnerships to build meaningful internships for students in Quincy, in Boston and beyond.
"I am honored to join The Woodward School, a historic institution that has bridged three centuries by remaining true to its founding mission of educating talented and hardworking young women to thrive in college and beyond," said Ranstrom. "I am so very excited to have the opportunity to give back to the School that gave so much to my daughter Joan and my family. I am thrilled to join the amazing team at Woodward."
"Mrs. Ranstrom cares deeply about The Woodward School, and brings with her both the energy and experience necessary to advance our program to the next level. I look forward to working with her," said Woodward’s Headmaster Walter Hubley.
Ms. Ranstrom’s family works in Education; her husband Lorne is the Education Department Chair at Eastern Nazarene College, her son Erik is a Special Education teacher in Kansas City MO and her daughter Joan Bailey, a 2005 Woodward graduate, is a RN. Ms. Ranstrom and her husband are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.