Johnnie Foreman, a longtime teacher, coach, mentor, and director of community and diversity at Gilman School, will be honored with the 2014 National Association of Independent School (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Award, which celebrates outstanding independent school leaders who have worked to advance diversity and inclusivity on a national and/or international scale. Foreman will receive the award at the 2014 NAIS annual conference in Florida in February.
“Here at Gilman School and beyond, Johnnie Foreman has made a significant impact on us all with his commitment to and passion for diversification, inclusion, and community building,” said Henry Smyth, headmaster of Gilman. “Johnnie has been an important part of the Gilman community for the last 30 years and we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”
A native Baltimorean and graduate of Morgan State University, Foreman began his education career in 1974 as a Baltimore City School teacher. After ten years of teaching in the public school sector, Foreman made the transition to independent schools where he has worked, for 30 years, at Gilman. He served as the school’s first associate athletic director and was appointed the head outdoor track coach in 1988. He has since coached nine championship seasons. Foreman also teaches African American literature in the upper school.
Foreman’s introduction to diversity initiatives began as he worked closely with the former assistant head of Gilman School on a city wide educational project called Upward Bound. Foreman now holds the title of the inaugural director of community & diversity of Gilman School. He is also a current chair of the Association of Maryland & DC Independent Schools, former local Student Diversity Leadership Conference Chair, past co-chair of the Baltimore POCC, an NAIS Call to Action committee member, Diversity Leadership Institute facilitator, and was awarded the “Rays of Hope” honor from the Black Professional Men Organization.
In addition to his diversity work, Foreman is an accomplished musician who spent eleven years as the trombone player for a group Sound Experience. The group opened up for and played with major musicians and groups, including Earth Wind and Fire, Richard Pryor, The Temptations and The Delphonics. He is married to Marjorie M. Foreman, the father of two adult children, and stepfather of two, and a proud grandfather.
NAIS has honored those who work with diversity since 2004.
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