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.
ABOUT THE WOODWARD SCHOOL
The Woodward School for Girls is a independent college preparatory school serving grades 6 through 12 that has pioneered the education of young woman for 123 years.
Founded by Dr. Ebenezer Woodward and opened in 1894, the school educates young women from a rich diversity of backgrounds who are committed to advancing their education and lives, as well as the lives of others, through hard work, high standards and service. Woodward students are expected to be thoughtful, compassionate and conscientious members of their communities.
Woodward today educates students from the City of Boston, Boston’s South Shore, and from overseas. Its current student body is comprised of young women from twenty local communities and from seven countries.
Founded in 1869 by President John Adams’ cousin and family physician, Dr. Ebenezer Woodward and his wife, Mary Greenleaf Woodward, the school continues to operate on Hancock Street in Quincy in the historic school building that welcomed the first class of seven teachers and seventy-six students on April 10, 1894. Woodward’s rich history continues to guide its unique mission of preparing young women for success as leaders in their colleges and communities.