North Country School Welcomes Ashley Waldorf as Next Director of School

Ashley Waldorf

Ashley and her husband Alex during a recent backpacking trip in Wyoming’s Wind River Range.

Welcoming Ashley Waldorf as Director of School 

Waldorf to Bring Skills in Experiential, Place-Based Learning to North Country School

March 14, 2024 – North Country school is thrilled to announce Ashley Waldorf as our new Director of School. She will officially begin her role July 1, 2024.

During the search process, Ashley quickly rose to the top of a competitive pool of candidates both for her shared personal values with North Country School, as well as previous experience that has been deeply rooted in progressive, experiential education. 

“In getting to know Ashley, her dedication and genuine approach to organizational leadership became clear,” Executive Director at North Country School & Camp Treetops Todd Ormiston said. “Her experience, varied skill set, and passion for our unique style of education make her well-equipped to lead North Country School into its next chapter, while also honoring our past.”

Ashley’s previous experience has included leadership roles at The Island School in the Bahamas, where she was Director of School and Curriculum Director, and more recently, as a founding faculty member at the Mastery School of Hawken in Cleveland. 

“I was drawn to North Country School for its values, signature programs, and place-based and experiential learning,” Ashley said of the school’s academics and core programs centered around the arts, outdoors, farm and garden, and community life. “Experiencing the campus in person revealed how dedicated the school and community are to living its values while serving as a model for both education and conscientious living.”

During her time at the Mastery School of Hawken, Ashley also earned her Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University’s Doctorate of Education program where she researched the application of competency-based education in public schools—an academic approach that allows students to learn and advance at their own pace.

Ashley and her husband, both avid outdoor enthusiasts, are looking forward to relocating to the School’s 220-acre campus in the heart of the Adirondacks. She noted it was one of many factors that influenced her decision to join the North Country School and Adirondack community. 

“Very few places in the world live and work in this way, and even fewer raise the bar for excellence by continuously responding to our young people’s evolving needs,” Ashley remarked. “As a lifelong place-based and experiential educator, I am honored to join this community and dedicate the next chapter of my life to building on the legacy that precedes me.”

“I have every confidence that Ashley is an ideal match to carry on and build upon our longstanding history and legacy of providing children with a values-driven, experiential education,” Ormiston added. “Our community looks forward to welcoming her to campus and the Adirondacks this summer.”

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