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Fred Who?


            I grew up in an exurb of Davenport, Iowa, an old German river town. I watched cows from my yard and barges on the Mississippi from my high school window. People were white, but not otherwise socially stratified.

            I graduated from Bettendorf High School, 1970; Yale College, B.A., American Intellectual History, 1974; Episcopal Divinity School, M.T.S., Thteology, 1977; and Boston College Law School, J.D., 1980. I’ve was a municipal bond lawyer dince graduation from law school until 2016 retirement.

            I moved from D.C.’s Mount Pleasant to east Montgomery County based on the County’s reputation for excellent schools, and the naive notion that all its schools afforded the same quality education regardless of zip code (“not socially stratified”). When one of my children was not served adequately in elementary school, I began to seek gifted and talented education. Having gotten three years’ run around, I decided when that child started White Oak Middle School that I wasn’t going to take it anymore. So I wrote papers, beginning in 2007 with the “Critique of the DSAC GT Report."

            I half-participated in a few PTAs and was briefly involved with MCCPTA’s Gifted Child Committee (until I was kicked out for being politically over-active and incorrect). I was president of the Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County, and a member of MCPS’ parent-staff Accelerated and Enriched Advisory Committee, MCPS' superintendent selection advisory group, Maryland State Department of Education’s Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education.

            MCPS told me that they couldn't hear me because I was not talking about the achievement gap. Since White Oak is planted in the heart of gap country (known as the “red zone” before that term was suppressed), I began to argue for gifted and talented education in the red zone. I gradually realized that GT education was only a small part of what was needed there. I received a Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland Award for Business and Community Leadership in Gifted Education (2014); I was pleased that my introduction noted advocacy on behalf of gifted students in high-poverty schools.

            My kids graduated from Springbrook High School and one graduated from the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!)and the other is in college. I've since become co-chair of the Greater Colesville Citizens’ Association Education Committee,a member of the East County Citizens Advisory Committee and a co-founder and member of One Montgomery (“Strong Schools │ Strong Neighborhoods │ Strong Economy”).

            I believe in excellence and equity, analysis and action.   


1 comment:

  1. Who knew, Fred Who? Divinity school was a big surprise. Have always appreciated your activism and number crunching; today finding myself appreciative of you organizing all your work and resources for us. Go Fred!