Claire Walter

English Department Chair, Leadership Team Coordinator, Alumni Outreach Coach, Summer School co-principal

BA, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

MAT, Johns Hopkins University

Claire Walter (MAT) is a founding faculty member and the English Department Head.  Ms. Walter also runs the Leadership Team program, serves as the Alumni Coach, and works as the Summer School co-principal. Ms. Walter began her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member in Baltimore, MD.  Following her service in Baltimore, Ms. Walter taught Honors and AP classes at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois before joining the founding team at Wolcott. A regular presenter at National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Learning Disability Association (LDA) conferences, Ms. Walter is also a National Endowment for the Humanities scholarship recipient, a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, a 2022 Founder’s Award recipient, and a National Council of Teaching about Asia (NCTA) fellow.  Ms. Walter is the author of the chapter “Discussing Difference: Engaging Students with Learning Differences in Authentic Discussion” in Raise Your Voices: Inquiry, Discussion, and Literacy Learning and a spotlight educator in Bring on the Bard: Active Drama Approaches for Shakespeare’s Diverse Student Readers.