This is the second year that Walter Plotkin has served as the Middle School Principal at FSI. Prior to joining the school in 2016, he worked for 30 years in international schools around the world, primarily as a school administrator. He feels very fortunate to have called home such far-flung places as Samoa, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Denmark. Presently he also the vice-chair of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on International Education, which is responsible for the accreditation of schools outside of the United States.
Walter lives with his wife, a former midwife and international school teacher, in Weaverville. They have two adult children and one grandson, with another on the way in September. The family all love traveling as well as staying put in their adopted home in western North Carolina. Central to their family culture is food, both its preparation as well as its sharing.
Walter believes that a career in education is one of life’s great callings. He appreciates the FSI approach to learning, which emphasizes partnership and active student engagement. His 40 years in schools have reinforced for him the importance of character development in tandem with academic achievement for success in school and beyond.