I first met Ludmila Glasscock at an evening meeting of the life education teachers at the school. Somehow, this meeting was part of my schedule during a visit as a candidate for an English position at the school-- a grueling day of answering questions from so many people I lost count; it ended with a meeting overseen by Dr. Sam Wagonfeld, a Graland parent and a consultant to the life ed. teachers. I sat, remained silent, and gazed at the people around the room. One lady, caught my attention, for her comments were articulated in such a way I wanted to listen to her. Her name was Ludmila Glasscock. Our friendship was one based on a love of murder mysteries, a genre I have loved since high school. In addition, I became her Saturday standardized testing buddy; in her honor, I am still an ISEE and SSATB proctor.
Jennie Kurtz, our former Director of Admissions, wrote these lovely thoughts on Ludmila and delivered them at the first Master Teacher’s reception in 1998:
“Ludmila could disarm the most anxious of children and comfort the most concerned parent. Her generous spirit was such that she was never quick to judge; she patiently listened and became a confidant of many. She began her career at Graland as a first-grade teacher, and in 1965 accepted the position as Head of the Lower School( then, called the Primary School). In 1972, she became Director of Testing. In her spare time, Ludmila also taught Middle School English-- she dearly loved her fifth graders-- and life education.”
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.