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Lower School

Grades Jr. Kindergarten - 4

Empowering students to establish a foundation that ignites life-long learning. 

Academic Approach

We believe in developing children socially, emotionally, and academically. Classrooms serve as model communities where play and creativity are integral to the educational process. It is our privilege to have passionate and nurturing teachers who encourage students to explore and discover the world by igniting each child’s natural curiosity.

Our teachers encourage students to become independent thinkers — confident in themselves and responsible for their work. 

Community Engagement

Parent and family involvement is valued at Independent. We have an active Parent Association and hold several events throughout the year, including Bingo nights, skating parties, and a carnival. 

Meet Mrs. Wilson

Erin Wilson  |   Head of Lower School    erin.wilson@theindependentschool.com

Mrs. Erin Wilson's journey at The Independent School began in 1996 as a kindergartener, and her bond with the school only grew stronger over the years. After graduating from Independent in 2009, she pursued her passion for education and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. Following graduation, she taught second grade at Seitz Elementary in Fort Riley, Kansas, while earning her Master of Arts degree from Friends University.

Upon returning to Wichita, Mrs. Wilson was elated to secure a teaching position at Independent, where her love for learning was first ignited. She taught third grade for six years and fourth grade for one year before accepting the position of Head of Lower School.

Mrs. Wilson’s personal life also found roots in Independent. She married her high school sweetheart, Jacob, who, like her, attended Independent from 7th to 12th grade. The couple has a 3-year-old son, Calvin, and will be welcoming another Panther Cub in January 2024.