Since retiring from the Sanborn School District in June 2017, Deb Bamforth is working as a consultant and administrative mentor to help schools across the country develop strong collaborative learning communities. Prior to serving as the principal of the DJ Bakie School in Kingston, NH, Ms. Bamforth worked in the Timberlane District where she designed and implemented an enrichment program for a school of nearly 1200 students before assuming the administrative role of curriculum coordinator. She began her career as a classroom teacher as well as a teacher of the gifted and talented for more than 20 years in the Derry School District.
Leading the Bakie School in Sanborn through its transformation from traditional learning to one that is personalized, competency-based and driven by student evidence was exciting for Ms. Bamforth. Along with building-based leadership, Ms. Bamforth designed an intervention program called WIN, created high functioning professional learning communities and supported and guided staff as they developed and implemented multiple quality performance assessments.
As one of two finalists for the 2014 Principal of the Year, Ms. Bamforth was presented with the 2014 Role Model Award. Ms. Bamforth was selected for the Chinese Cultural Exchange Program, traveling to China in April 2012, to visit schools in Beijing, Tong Ling, and Shanghai. Ms. Bamforth has twice been nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award. In 1998, she received the COOL Award for Outstanding Educators and was a recipient of a Fulbright Memorial Scholarship that allowed her to study education in Japan.
Ms. Bamforth graduated from Rivier College with a Master of Education degree in Administration and an undergraduate degree from Salem State College. Ms. Bamforth was also a co-creator of the Writer’s Academy Summer Institute at the University of New Hampshire. a co-facilitator for the Seacoast Principals group that met monthly, and is an active participant in NAESP, NHASP and ASCD.