FolioCollaborative was founded by a team of educators committed to the mission of developing the best possible system for enhancing faculty and staff development in independent schools.
Our leadership team is ready to work with you to implement a comprehensive system designed to meet your unique needs.
Meredith Monk Ford
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.
Contact Meredith: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Membership
My professional career actually began in the development office at McDonogh School. As a junior and senior I called alumni on behalf of the Annual Fund. That experience translated into an Annual Fund job at the University of Maryland and as a senior running the UMD call-a-thons, I won a scholarship to the CASE conference where I found my first job: Associate in the development office of an independent school in New York City.
In 1997, I took those skills to the for-proﬁt world selling computer consulting services for Interim Technology. I moved home to Baltimore to start my family and Interim offered me the opportunity to open an office in Wilmington, DE. In two years I built a 30-person consulting staff and was generating over 4 million in revenue. This gave me a passion for building a business from the ground up!
Motherhood took me away for 12 years, but I am back where I started in the world of independent schools! As an independent school alumna (McDonogh ‘87), an independent school parent (McDonogh ’18, ’20, ’23, and ‘25), and a former independent school employee, I know this culture well. In my free time I enjoy tennis and yoga, boy scouts, hospice work and I am a Reiki Master.
It is an honor and pleasure to work on a daily basis with the members of the Collaborative. You are kind, thoughtful, and dedicated teachers and administrators. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help build the Folio movement.
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Director of Technology and Software Evolution
I have been a software developer in the Baltimore area since the late 1990’s. I’ve had experience with all facets of the software development lifecycle and with a broad range of technologies, starting with Windows WinForms and MS-Sql through to today’s open-source web technologies.
The most recent tool I have put in my tool box is the Ruby programming language and the Ruby on Rails framework. This fits well with the Folio web application, since it is built using (among other technologies) Ruby on Rails.
In my role at Folio, I will focus on my customers: the member schools and my Folio teammates. For the member schools, I am here to provide technical support, to answer “how do I” questions, and to listen to your ideas about potential software enhancements.
As we look to make enhancements to the software platform, I will lead the entire process from initial design, through speciﬁcation development, to ﬁnal testing and deployment.
I look forward to this role on the FolioCollaborative team, helping member schools and making the Folio web application serve their needs.
Contact Sean: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Community and Outreach
As the Director of Community and Outreach, I engage with current Folio members while also working to ensure that our message and efforts reach new schools.
After graduating from McDonogh School in 2007, I attended Davidson College, where I majored in political science. During my four years at Davidson, I was heavily involved in the undergraduate admission office, hosting and interviewing students, and eventually helping to oversee the tour guide program as a senior fellow. My interest in admissions work and passion for working with students led me to a job in the office of admission and financial aid at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. As an admission fellow, I interviewed prospective students and their families, evaluated applications, served on the 9th grade girls selection committee and supported recruiting efforts in the Northeast. While at Hotchkiss, I also served as dorm faculty for 11th– and 12th– grade boys and coached track and field. I truly enjoyed my time in the Berkshires, and continue to be in close contact with many of my former students. An opening in the Tufts University undergraduate admission office landed me in the Boston area and out of the boarding school world. At Tufts, I managed recruitment territories in Virginia, Long Island and Massachusetts, and oversaw the tour guide program. I recently moved back to the Baltimore area to be able to work independently with students applying to independent high schools and four-year colleges and universities.
I am passionate about education and independent schools, and I am very much looking forward to learning with and from the Folio community!
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Director of Professional Development
I have been an educator for more than 20 years. That includes K-8 classroom teaching and administration. I also have experience as a corporate trainer, a diversity consultant and leadership coach.
My first teaching position was at the Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, PA. As an alum, I was excited to learn they are a member of the Folio Collaborative. Then I moved to San Francisco where I worked at the Hebrew Academy of San Francisco for one year and the Wilkinson School in El Granada, CA, for six years. This was an amazing opportunity to work in an environment similar to a one-room school-house on the coast. With a window to the Pacific Ocean, I spent most of my years there teaching a combined 5th-8th grade classroom. This allowed for greater differentiation, in addition to the natural occurrence of friendships across ages, which is often limited in schools grouped by grade.
I moved to Washington, DC in 2005 and worked at the Lowell School for ten years. I served on various committees, including the faculty Board representative for two years, a member of the strategic planning committee, and on the steering committee of the accreditation team. I led Lowell’s expansion to a middle school and was the Director for five years. Another amazing opportunity, creating a middle school, building upon a solid foundation, mission and philosophy.
I graduated from Boston College with a degree in Elementary Education and Political Science and I have a MA in Educational Administration from San Francisco State. I received a certification degree from iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching), as a Certified Professional Coach, and served on the Advisory Board for the Emerging Middle School Leaders Institute, an initiative led by Independent Education.
I am excited to be part of the Folio team. This is an amazing opportunity to work with an energetic, dedicated and passionate team. Folio provides an opportunity to do what I most enjoy–leading and facilitating teams who are focused on the critical work of supporting school administrators, faculty and staff with their professional growth and learning.
Contact Moira: firstname.lastname@example.org