Dr. Deidre Farmbry
Dr. Deidre Farmbry is a career educator, having provided 28 years of service to students in the School District of Philadelphia. She began as a high school English teacher and retired as interim superintendent. Her other positions included English department head, special assistant to a former superintendent, high school principal, and regional superintendent. She was the district’s first Chief Academic Officer.
Dr. Farmbry now serves as an independent educational consultant specializing in leadership coaching, collaborative inquiry into teaching and learning, building and sustaining professional learning communities, social and emotional learning, educational advancement for boys of color, cultural proficiency, and strategic planning. Her current work locations include the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Cleveland, OH; Albuquerque Public Schools in Albuquerque, NM; the Jackson, McComb, and Gulfport School Districts in MS, and the Salem City School District in Salem, NJ. The institutions she represents in her consulting assignments are Stanford University; the National Equity Project; the Center for Evidence-Based Education (CEBE); the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color; and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Dr. Farmbry has presented nationally on multicultural education, instructional leadership, and school reform. She is the author of several published speeches and essays on educational topics. Her most recent essay is featured in the book, How Teachers Become Leaders, by Ann Lieberman and Linda Friedrich.
A native Philadelphian, Dr. Farmbry received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Temple University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation focusing on sociological aspects of mobilizing staff for school reform efforts. Her affiliation with an international network of school leaders provided her with the opportunity to study on two occasions at the National College of School Leadership in Nottingham, UK, and to attend educational forums in Innsbruck, Austria; Sydney, Australia; Cape Town South Africa, and Beijing, China.
Dr. Farmbry is married to Larry W. Farmbry. They have one adult son, Kyle W. Farmbry, Ph.D., J.D.