Deidre Farmbry

Senior District Consultant

Deidre Farmbry serves as a district consultant working with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Her special areas of focus are leadership coaching and leadership team development, collaborative inquiry into teaching and learning, developing and sustaining communities of practice, and strategic planning for school improvement. Deidre is a career educator, having provided 28 years of service to students in a large urban context. She began as a high school English teacher and retired as an interim superintendent. Her other positions included English department head, special assistant to a superintendent, high school principal, regional superintendent, and chief academic officer.

Deidre has made presentations at national conferences on multicultural education, instructional leadership, and school reform and is the author of several published speeches and essays on educational topics. A native Philadelphian, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation highlighted sociological aspects of mobilizing staff for school reform efforts. Since retiring from formal district leadership, Deidre has remained current by serving as an adjunct professor, attending conferences, and reading educational journals. Her affiliation with an international network of experts in leadership development gave her the opportunity to study on two occasions at the National College of School Leadership in Nottingham, England. She has also participated in educational forums in Innsbruck, Austria; Sydney, Australia; and Beijing, China.