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A Message from Wendy Hoke
President, Beaumont School

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A Message from the President

College professors will tell you that they know from the first day of class which girls attended all-girls’ schools. They are not afraid to speak up because they have spent four years being the only leaders in all areas of the classroom, field and activities.

These themes played out over and over at the National Coalition of Girls Schools Global Forum in Washington, D.C., that we attended in June. The message is clear: There’s never been a more vital time to be involved in the mission of educating young women. A team of faculty and Principal Nick Beyer spent a week in San Diego in July at the International Baccalaureate Global Conference. And our faculty and students traveled to Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Avignon, France; Ekalaka, Montana; Boston, Ghana and Ireland. Our heads are filled with ideas and new partnerships as we begin the 2018-19 academic year.

As we excitedly welcome our young women back to campus, I’m reminded of the comments of Rachel Simmons, author of the book, “Enough as She Is.” She says, “As we teach girls how to think, we build their skills to resist a culture that undermines their belief in their intelligence and belonging.”

That’s called empowerment. At Beaumont School, not only are we educating young women with academic rigor, we also are empowering them to “do good” in the world.

More than just getting an A in biology, the young women of Beaumont are given opportunities to apply that knowledge in a lab setting. They aren’t just writing college-level research papers through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, they are advocating for issues that matter to them. They aren’t just learning French, they travel to France and Italy and are given opportunities to use their language skills in other countries. They are able to translate mathematics and physics into robots that literally smash the competition. They unite their passions for art and science to design objects for everyday use. They learn how to create one sound out of many voices and to express themselves on the canvas, stage and field.

Why are we so confident? We’ve got a LOT of experience doing this. As the oldest school in Cleveland, we know a thing or two about educating young women. We know that it’s important to keep it small, to focus on the student, to be interactive and foster participation, to create independent thinkers and to develop the whole person.

That’s our Ursuline tradition, inspired by St. Angela Merici. St. Angela knew and understood people, understood the benefits of educating women and believed in their power to transform society one person at a time.

That’s what awaits you at Beaumont School. So visit our Admissions tab, schedule a visit, check us out on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn, and find out how you can learn to change the world!

In St. Angela,

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Mrs. Wendy Hoke

President

Wendy Hoke, President

Wendy Hoke is the fifth President of Beaumont School. Wendy received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Before arriving at Beaumont, she was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for more than eight years. Wendy’s early career included 18 years as an award-winning, Cleveland-based writer and editor. She was a Peter Jennings Fellow and a Society for Professional Journalists Distinguished Service Award winner. Wendy was a panelist for Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative in Cleveland. She served on the Board of Campus District Inc. and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. Wendy brings to Beaumont her belief in educational empowerment for young women and her support of the Ursuline Mission. She and her husband Dan live in Bay Village. They have three sons, Ryan, Patrick and Michael.