WARREN, Mich. (June 12, 2019) – Eric Wynn, who has helped start up two International Baccalaureate programs in Michigan, is bringing his educational leadership to De La Salle Collegiate this summer.
A veteran IB educator, Wynn has been named the new International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Director at the all-boys school in Macomb County.
He becomes the second to lead De La Salle’s rigorous Diploma Programme, which was first introduced to its students in 2014. De La Salle is one of three private schools in Michigan recognized as an IB World School.
“I’m very happy to welcome Eric into our community,” De La Salle President John M. Knight said. “His gifts and talents are many and we are very blessed to have him lead our IB program. The future is very bright.”
Four years ago, Wynn helped Ann Arbor Huron High School develop its IB program. Before then he oversaw the successful implementation of the IB programme at Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti. Prior to that, Wynn worked as an IB teacher in New Mexico (2004-11).
De La Salle has comprehensive Diploma Programme course offerings in the seven different subject areas: English, Foreign Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Business & Technology Applied Arts.
While travel is not a requirement of the IB programme, De La Salle provides this opportunity for its IB students through the creativity, action, service (CAS) activities. Each year, seniors travel to Montana (fall) and Louisiana (spring) on service projects.
At De La Salle, Wynn will lead professional development in implementing the Diploma Programme, writing across the curriculum, using Theory of Knowledge in instruction, and incorporating international mindedness into the classroom.
“An IB education stresses that a student must be regarded as more than his grades,” Wynn said. “All of his qualities and actions – both inside and out of the classroom – are taken into account when considering his candidacy for an IB Diploma.
“Similarly, an IB education insists on an inquisitive, well-rounded experience of all subjects and a seeking of interdisciplinary connections between them. It’s these qualities, coupled with De La Salle’s commitment to character and a principled education that make IB an excellent framing curriculum and experience for students wishing to broaden their academic and extra-curricular horizons, while also maintaining the Lasallian commitment to service and the helping of others.”
As IB coordinator, Wynn helped grow Huron’s program. In that time, approximately 19 percent of graduating seniors were full IB Diploma candidates, and more than 50 percent of the senior classes participated in IB programming.
“Personally, I have always had a commitment to equity and access in the IB,” Wynn said, “I’m particularly interested in expanding access to the Diploma Programme for as many students as possible, while providing the appropriate supports at the same time.”
Born and raised in Toronto, Wynn attended McGill University in Montreal, where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature. His first teaching job was as a summer school faculty member at Salisbury School, an all-boys, private college-preparatory boarding school in Connecticut.
He concurrently completed two Master’s degrees: in English Literature at the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont and another in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He also serves as an educational consultant for schools wishing to create globally-minded curricula.
Since 2005, Wynn has trained in and taught Diploma Programme Literature, History, and Theory of Knowledge. He also works for the International Baccalaureate Organization as an examiner for IB Literature’s World Literature Assignment, Papers 1 and 2, and the Theory of Knowledge essay.
“During these years as an IB coordinator, I have led countless professional development initiatives and sessions, overseen course development and implementation at three schools, and coached teachers along the way in delivering the most impactful IB curriculum possible,” Wynn said. “I see De La Salle’s commitment to IB as a meaningful step forward in defining the school and enhancing its mission to prepare students to be successful, inquisitive, and empathetic lifelong learners in the 21st century.”