Judith Ann Conk P'95, '99
Judith Conk is an educator who has taught and administered at all levels of education, from preschool to graduate school, in a career that spans more than forty years. Working in both urban and suburban settings, the school systems she has led as a Principal, Assistant Superintendent and for sixteen years, Superintendent have won recognition for their outstanding educational programs that recognize the individual in each student. She retired from public school administration in April, 2001 in order to devote more time to working on high quality teaching, learning and leadership. She is presently with the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning where she serves as Senior Consultant having helped create and implement the nationally recognized International Studies Schools Network during the past seven years. During her association she has made significant contributions in the areas of coaching design for school support, developing leaders for the global age, globalizing literacy learning, the arts and, most recently, in developing an online assessment for schools to help them plan the journey of becoming a school that graduates globally competent students. In addition, she presently heads her own educational consulting firm, Consulting for Results, with varied national and international clients spanning PreK-University level education and concentrating on leadership, teaching and learning, and the arts. Among these clients is the National Middle School Association where she serves as part of the onsite professional development cadre and as a school improvement consultant.
Mrs. Conk has also held leadership positions with a variety of state and national education groups including serving as Chair of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network from 1999-2000. She was the founding Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and served in that capacity for several years. She has been a strong advocate in legislative circles for releasing the creativity in students. She presently serves on the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and serves on the Fairfield University Graduate School of Education and Applied Professions Advisory Board.
In May of 1996, Mrs. Conk was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award for Educational Leadership from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. This award, given by her peers, recognized Mrs. Conk's work as an advocate within the state for a high quality education for every child. This followed a similar award given in May of 1994 by her colleagues in Bergen County, NJ. Mrs. Conk also received the Governor's Award in Arts Education as Outstanding Superintendent of 2001. The Art Educators of New Jersey additionally gave Mrs. Conk an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts in October 1993.
Mrs. Conk graduated from Queens College of the City of New York, where she also obtained a Masters in Education with a concentration in Language Arts. She went on to do post graduate work at the State University of New York at New Paltz in administration and leadership. She obtained a second Masters and completed all requirements except for dissertation in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been married to her husband, Richard, for 40 years and has children, Peter, a bio-medical specialist and his wife, Kirsten and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, Director of Federal Advocacy for the National Education Association and her husband, Don. She is also grandmother to Noah and Gillian Conk as well as Will Kusler.