Tess Blumenthal, Promising Principals’ Academy Coach
Tess Blumenthal is a promising principals' academy coach for aspiring school principals at Insight. She supports current aspiring school leaders in Maryland’s Promising Principals’ Academy. In this role, Tess coaches and supports these promising leaders to equip them with the skills and knowledge to successfully transition to the role of principal.
Tess began her career as a special educator in North Carolina and Maryland teaching in self-contained classrooms, resource settings, and inclusive classrooms. Tess was a leader in Maryland with inclusive education practices and worked for Baltimore County as an inclusion specialist supporting many teachers and schools. She had numerous opportunities to present at conferences, consult with school systems both in the United States and Canada, as well as model best inclusive instructional practices. To reach a wider population of students, Tess then moved into school administration in Frederick County, Maryland where she was a principal for over twenty years. Her schools were known for being welcoming and nurturing ensuring high achievement for all students. She had the privilege of moving a school from a Maryland Blue Ribbon School to a National Blue Ribbon School. Tess is a past recipient of the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and is a past president of the Maryland Association for Elementary School Principals.
Helping school leaders identify and develop their leadership skills has been a career passion for Tess. Working as a coach to support goals focused on school improvement and success for all students is an area of strength that Tess takes pride in sharing. She encourages all- adults and students- to lead with their strengths.
Tess holds an Educational Leadership Certificate from Hood College, a Masters of Science in Special Education/Inclusion from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from James Madison University.