Dr. Deidre Farmbry is a career educator, having held the positions of English teacher, English department head, high school principal, regional superintendent, chief academic officer, and interim superintendent over her career in the School District of Philadelphia. She is currently an independent consultant specializing in social and emotional learning (SEL) through her role as a District Senior Advisor for the Chicago based Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Through CASEL, she has assisted many school districts in the United States, helping them be strategic in practices to reflect their commitment to SEL. Additionally, Dr. Farmbry serves as a professional learning facilitator and district coach for the Boston based Coalition of School Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC). Her COSEBOC assignments have enabled her to provide guidance to schools and districts aware of the extent to which their current practices and policies are failing to advance the success of their black and brown boys.
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 her dissertation focusing on sociological aspects of community and the implications for developing and sustaining transformational professional learning communities. She studied on two occasions at the National College of School Leadership in Nottingham, UK, and attended educational forums in Innsbruck, Austria; Sydney, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa, and Beijing, China. Dr. Farmbry has presented at educational forums internationally and nationally, facilitating sessions on multiple occasions at Learning Forward and COSEBOC’s annual Gathering of Leaders. While her favorite form of written expression is poetry, Dr. Farmbry is the author of several published speeches and essays on topics such as professional identity, the impact of context and the highs and lows of the leadership journey.