Kathleen A. Fernald

Kathleen Fernald has extensive experience as an elementary, middle and high school teacher, staff developer, and administrator in public, independent and charter schools. This includes ten years as a teacher and administrator at The Nightingale – Bamford School, a prominent independent school in New York City as well as six years as an administrator in the Chappaqua Central School District in Chappaqua, New York. She is currently a Consultant for Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter Schools, a unique and rigorous district for underserved children in Harlem where she served as Director of Instruction and Principal at both the elementary and middle school levels for nine years. Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy is unique among both charter and public schools as all students have access to a HCZ’s broad range of community, health, and social services.


In addition, Ms. Fernald earned three masters degrees including two from Columbia University’s Teachers College where she was selected as one of twelve teachers nationwide to the Joseph Klingenstein Fellows Program to study school leadership and educational reform. She also had the privilege of participating in a Fulbright-Hayes Seminar Abroad program to India where she studied the trends and challenges in India’s educational system.


Ms. Fernald has presented educational workshops and provided in-class support to teachers and administrators in urban schools across the country and in international schools in South America. She served as a consultant with an independent staff development company leading workshops in critical thinking, student centered instruction, preparation for state assessments, data analysis and curriculum mapping. As part of the US State Department’s School to School Partnership Program she presented workshops at the American School of Montevideo, Uruguay and the Pan American School of Porto Allegre, Brazil.