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Influencers: The St. Paul’s Schools


Dr. Emily Ziegler, Director of Instructional Technology | The St. Paul’s Schools  

For seven years, Dr. Emily Ziegler, Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation, has served The St. Paul’s Schools in developing and implementing educational technology strategy. She prepares faculty and oversees the expansion of programs that teach innovation and 21st century skills as well as curriculum focused on digital citizenship, computational thinking, and innovative problem-solving through technology.

Influencers: Notre Dame Preparatory School


Angela Simmons, Upper Level Dean of Students |
Notre Dame Preparatory School  

Angela Simmons began her new role as Upper Level Dean of Students Notre Dame Preparatory School on July 1, 2020. Having worked at both the secondary and university levels for over 20 years, she brings a wealth of knowledge in education. Prior to NDP, she served as the Director for the Operation TEACH program at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU). She has also been the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Archbishop Spalding High School and, for three years, as the Director of Admissions at the Institute of Notre Dame. Angela earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University and her Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola College, now Loyola University. She is the mother to three boys, a college freshman, a high school sophomore, and a middle schooler.

Influencers: Mercy High School


Kathryn Burke Adelsberger, Acting Assistant Principal | Mercy High School

Acting Assistant Principal Kathryn Burke Adelsberger joins the administration of Mercy High School, bringing with her a commitment to girls’ education.

What drew you to education?
I’ve always loved learning and I wanted to foster that same kind of inquiry and curiosity in others. I see education as my way to make the world a better place because I teach our future leaders and innovators. I always felt like teaching was where I belonged, and I knew that I wanted a career that was different every day.

Influencers: Mercy High School


Abigail Schindler, Academic Dean and Director of Continuous Learning |
Mercy High School   

This school year, Mercy High School welcomes Abigail Schindler, a graduate of Wellesley College, as its Academic Dean and Director of Continuous Learning.

What drew you to education?
I have always had a passion for learning. As an undergraduate, I worked with students in a variety of ways and found that I wanted to continue this as a career. Every day as an educator is fresh, different, and exciting. I have thrived in a profession that is always changing and requires constant focus on personal and professional growth.

Influencers: McDonogh School


Dr. Lana Bates, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | McDonogh School  

Dr. Lana Bates, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at McDonogh School, is an experienced diversity practitioner, consultant, and advocate with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry, as well as with local and state public and private educational institutions. She has 15+ years experience in education as a school psychologist, researcher, faculty and staff trainer, and adjunct professor. She has a Doctorate in School Psychology with a specialty focus in diversity in education and special education from the University of Virginia and is a co-founding member of The Wells Collective, LLC, a full-service diversity consulting company.

Influencers: Grace Preschool


Tami James, Director | Grace Preschool  

Tami James assumes the role of Grace Preschool‘s Director, following in the footsteps of her predecessor of 32 years. Tami brings a wealth of experience as a first grade teacher since 2007 and, most recently, Gilman School’s Director of Early Childhood of Education. This, in addition to raising four elementary school-aged children, makes her uniquely qualified for her new role.

Influencers: Glenelg Country School


Sheena Jordan, Diversity Coordinator | Glenelg Country School  

Sheena Jordan, the Diversity Coordinator at Glenelg Country School, brings a strong personal background in other cultures to her role. After receiving her BA from James Madison University in Spanish with a minor in African-American studies, Jordan earned her Master of Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Intercultural Communication. In 2019, she completed her post-baccalaureate certification in educational leadership and school administration at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

Influencers: Friends School of Baltimore


Sarah Meteyer, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion |
Friends School of Baltimore  

Sarah Meteyer, Friends School of Baltimore’s newly appointed Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), is no stranger to the school. As a 2008 alum, Sarah has worn many hats on campus since graduating. She has worked closely with the Director of Diversity and the Admissions Office, as well as served as a leader with the National Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Project and as a Curriculum Committee Member and Affinity Group Captain for the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference. These experiences make her uniquely qualified for and passionate about her new role.

Influencers: Boys’ Latin School of Maryland


Chris Post, Headmaster | Boys’ Latin School of Maryland  

Chris Post is in his 13th year as headmaster of the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. A career educator, he began his professional journey at Boys’ Latin, where he served as an intern during his final year of undergraduate studies. Having worked in boys’ schools for more than 25 years, Chris believes that “the education of boys – and the formation of young men – has never been more important than it is today.” He augments his role by serving as Secretary of the Board for the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC), the global leader for boys and boys’ education, and on the Board of Trustees for both the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and Baltimore Education Scholarship Trust (BEST).

Program Spotlight: The Waldorf School of Baltimore



With the belief that a part of whole-child education should include assisting students to develop and nurture a healthy relationship with the environment, the Waldorf School of Baltimore has maintained a strong focus on immersing children in the outdoors.

Firmly planted in Baltimore City, the campus offers an eco-friendly oasis complete with nature trails, outdoor learning spaces and a certified wildlife habitat. Lower school students are encouraged to take a deep dive into the outdoors through the nature studies program. In the middle school, students expand their understanding of sustainability and ecoliteracy, with the goal of empowering students with the knowledge, confidence, and ethical foundation to meet the challenges they will face in modern society with depth, imagination, and purpose.