On Tuesday, January 14, the Frederick County Council confirmed Rae Gallagher as a member of the Board of Education of Frederick County. Ms. Gallagher fills the remainder of Joy Schaefer’s term, which runs through December 2020.
Rae Gallagher holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Her career has focused on working in nonprofits in Maryland to improve educational and employment outcomes for young people. Ms. Gallagher is a program director for the Center for Supportive Schools in Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, DC. In this role, she collaborates with schools and school districts in the region to help build school environments that are safe, supportive, engaging, and inspiring places where all students have the opportunity to build leadership skills, learn, and grow. Prior to joining the Center for Supportive Schools, Ms. Gallagher spent 14 years working to find and implement solutions to youth disengagement from school, while promoting policies and practices that work to ensure all students can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally in their schools and communities. She has a strong commitment to ensuring our public education system continues to successfully meet the varied needs of Frederick County students, parents, business leaders, educators, and residents.
Ms. Gallagher is a volunteer with Girls on the Run of Western Maryland on their 5K race planning committee and serves on the Western Maryland Advisory Council to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. She and her husband Brandon have been proud residents of Frederick County since 2005, with one daughter attending FCPS and another daughter who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2020.
“I’m very excited to have Rae join the Board. Her experience in education and policy governance will be great assets to the Board!” said Brad Young, Board president.