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Meredith Ford

FolioCollaborative
Executive Director
Baltimore, Maryland Area

I have been around independent schools for my entire educational life, and I enjoy almost everything about independent education from interacting with kids to connecting with teachers and administrators to curriculum development. For the last several years, I have had the pleasure of working with the Folio team in a variety of roles including, researching leadership ideas, training supervisors, and even contributing to the Folio training manual. At McDonogh, I direct the Folio program and was the first Folio Fellow to earn my Fierce Conversation certification. Now, as Executive Director, I will oversee all aspects of the organization from software development to school implementation.

My teaching career began when I returned to my alma-mater, the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, as a middle school ancient history teacher and coach, upon graduation from the University of Maryland. While teaching at Bryn Mawr, I also completed my first master’s degree in Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University. In 2009, I took a year off from teaching to pursue a second master’s degree in School Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The following fall, I joined the middle school faculty at McDonogh where I have served as a teacher, coach, grade-level administrator, and Folio Program Director.

School leadership and managing the change process in educational institutions are my passions, which is why I am intrigued by the opportunities Folio provides to enrich school culture. I am also eager to learn from our FolioCollaborative members about their experiences with the program. Along with my colleagues, Lissa Caltrider and Kim Fanto, we are excited to lead the evolution of the FolioCollaborative from a start-up community to a high-functioning non-profit that is leading the national conversation on faculty/staff professional development.