Meet Landis Green
Whether he’s leading a group of students through Nepal or guiding educators through the complexities of multiculturalism, Head of School Landis Green brings equal parts passion and focus to the task at hand.
“It’s our responsibility to provide young people with the skills that will allow them to thrive when facing the unknown or unfamiliar,” says Landis. “Now more than ever, our children must learn to collaborate, to develop interests that reach beyond the material they learn in school, to see themselves and different ‘others’ as equal parts of a multicultural fabric, and to cultivate a substantive life of meaning and passion.”
For Landis, it’s not simply a philosophical discussion. He is a deliberate role model for both students and colleagues, with a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic. Raised in Pennsylvania, Landis moved west to join Wildwood in 2007. California’s future-focused culture, combined with Wildwood’s progressive approach, proved to be a perfect fit.
“For me, Southern California represents society’s strength in the coming together of differing cultures, informed by the differences among us and the diverse talents and passions of the populace,” he says.
The first member of his extended family to attend college, Landis holds a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as an 8th grade language arts teacher in southeastern Pennsylvania, in a small, rural, public school district similar to the one he’d attended K-12. He was the head of school at John Bapst Memorial High School in Maine, a public-private partnership school, and spent 10 years at Wilmington Friends School in Delaware.
Wilmington Friends School’s Quaker philosophy, which places a premium on respect for individuals, left a deep impression on Landis. “I try to see situations from multiple perspectives and I recognize that structuring a collaborative process usually leads to a more nuanced and better outcome,” he says. His commitment to collaboration and perspective fits perfectly with Wildwood’s Habits of Mind and Heart. Landis incorporates these values in his work every day, and expects Wildwood students and colleagues to do the same.
“If the last century taught us nothing else, it is that the call for the future is inclusion, not just tolerance, of differing beliefs, backgrounds, and perspectives,” Landis says. “Young people from every background must see in their teachers and the content with which they engage a reflection of themselves and of others, both as affirmation of who they are and as exposure to—and respect for—those from whom they are different.”