By: Tyler Witherspoon
After two years of dedicated teaching, Mr. Will Sheard will be departing from Gilman. After teaching both French and Spanish last year, Mr. Sheard switched this year to exclusively teach multiple French classes. In addition to his role as a teacher, Mr. Sheard served as the tenth grade form chair for this past year and also coached JV Tennis during the 2015-2016 season, along with coaching multiple intramurals. However, one of his most valuable contributions to the Gilman community was being the faculty advisor to Model United Nations, a time consuming and difficult task. Mr. Sheard undoubtedly left a substantial impact on the Gilman community during his two years of service and he was a role model to many students.
Next year, Mr. Sheard will be leaving Gilman to take up a position at a grade 6-12 coeducational school in Florida. According to Mr. Sheard, “the opportunity was too, too good to pass up, and I will be joining a very strong, award winning faculty. In that sense, I am very excited about what comes next.” This decision did not come easily for Mr. Sheard, as his two years at Gilman allowed him to develop a deep appreciation for the school. He felt a special connection to many of the students he both taught and coached, saying, “it is the students at Gilman who made my time enjoyable and whom I will miss.” Mr. Sheard cited some specific, meaningful encounters with students, such as, “Banter with David Saiontz, linguistic conversations with Aidan Holmgren and Will Dowling during French Club, Model UN strategizing with the ever-helpful Wyatt Shafer…” among many others.
Many students are very sad to see Mr. Sheard depart. James Schloeder (‘19), in particular, felt a very strong connection to Mr. Sheard, being in his class for two consecutive years. Schloeder remarked, “Mr. Sheard was a very influential teacher and mentor to me. He helped me with both my French and learning skills, and I am sad to see him go.” Mrs. Linda Trapp, Chair of the Modern Language Department, highlights Mr. Sheard’s assets, stating, “He has wonderful language skills, he is very intellectual and funny.” These thoughts show some of the truly great qualities of Mr. Sheard.
Clearly, Gilman is losing a great mentor, teacher, and coach with the departure of Mr. Sheard. Although we wish him the best with his career in Florida, the whole Gilman community is sad to see him leave.