Anne Gold
Vincent Farm Elementary School
Baltimore County School District
White Marsh, Maryland

When Anne Gold opened Vincent Farm Elementary three years ago, she brought together teachers from 20 different schools in her county. Gold took stock of their varied experiences and capabilities and set priorities for their professional development needs. She also launched book studies with her staff to ensure that teachers pursue professional learning together.

Today Gold takes pride her faculty’s cohesive learning efforts. The suburban school now serves 540 pre-kindergarten through grade 5 students. Gold previously served for 13 years as principal of Lansdowne Elementary, also in Baltimore. There Gold faced such challenges as little parental support and significant language deficiencies among the majority of students. Lacking comprehension of what they read, for instance, many children did not like books. Yet Gold managed to transform the school culture to embrace literacy. After her staff received training in new strategies for teaching reading, “it didn’t take long before we saw a dramatic change in the students’ reading behaviors,” says Gold. “They became active and engaged learners, talking about books with each other and taking books to recess and lunch.” Soon the school’s reading scores on state assessments also soared. They even outperformed affluent schools around the state. Gold holds a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., an M.A.T. from Manhattanville College in New York, and an M.A. from Fordham University in New York.