Walter Ailes: Walter is a retired educator and school administrator with a career in Washington, DC, private schools that spanned nearly 50 years. He worked at the Georgetown Day School for 34 years, starting in physical education and classroom teaching and eventually moving into the school’s administration, focusing on financial operations and general management issues. For his final last twenty years at GDS, he was the Assistant Head of School and continued to teach in the senior elective program.
In 1998, Walter became the Assistant Head of the Edmund Burke School during the transition of the Founder’s retirement and the hiring of a new Head of School. His portfolio as Assistant Head included supporting the transition efforts, managing financial operations, and helping to lead the school through the major effort to identify property, acquire land, design a the facility, apply for zoning, and to secure funding for the school. He taught in the Burke senior elective program during his seven years at the school.
From 2005-2007, Walter was a consultant for the City Collegiate Charter School and worked part time for the Parkmont School assisting the Head in financial matters. Walter subsequently was hired by the Lowell School as the Director of Finance and Operations for the 2007–2008 academic year. Walter assisted the school and the new Head in developing a strategic plan which included the expansion of the program and significant renovation to existing facilities. Walter retired from the Lowell School in June of 2010.
Since his retirement, Walter has split his time between his farm in Berkeley County, WV, and Santa Barbara, CA, along with a few miles on airplanes to other parts of the world. For the past three years, he has also consulted for the Paideia School in Atlanta, GA, where his grandson is now a student.