The Wise Prize for Distinguished Teaching is an endowed gift from Brian Wise ’93 and his wife Nastaran. It will be awarded every two years to a faculty member to recognize sustained and distinguished teaching by faculty members whose demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence influences both students and colleagues.
The Wise Prize criteria include a commitment to the school community, a record of outstanding teaching effectiveness, the ability to inspire, promote, and sustain the intellectual and developmental needs of students, and a commitment to Quaker values, practice, and service. The first recipient of this prize is Ileabeth Ayala, head of the Language Department, a Spanish teacher, and a member of the dorm faculty. Ileabeth received a BA from the University of Puerto Rico and a MA from Middlebury College.
Brian and Nastaran have been extremely generous in their commitment and contributions to George School over the years. Prior to establishing the Wise Prize for Distinguished Teaching, they established The George School Student Support Fund and The George School Endowment for the Performing Arts. The greater Wise family also has established and supported The Wise Family Scholarship Fund and The Wise Family Scholarship II. Additionally, Brian has supported George School as an esteemed Board Member since 2017.