Laura Weeldreyer

Chief Program Officer
Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Laura Weeldreyer is the Chief Program Officer for Talent Development Secondary at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and a Senior Fellow with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. Previously, Weeldreyer worked nationally on a variety of education reform projects with school systems, state departments of education, and non-profit organizations, as a senior consultant for a public sector management consulting firm. Her recent projects include the design and implementation of new systems for principal and teacher evaluation with Race to the Top states, support for the implementation of performance management routines in turnaround schools in the state of Virginia, the development of a collaborative performance framework for school accountability and support in Shelby County, Tennessee, and the use of data and performance management to support innovation and improvement with educator preparation programs. Weeldreyer is also a member of the Maryland State Board of Education. Previously Weeldreyer worked in the central office of the Baltimore City Public School System for eleven years. During her time with City Schools, she held several positions, including Deputy Chief of Staff and oversaw major systemic reform initiatives. She was an Area Executive Officer for 32 schools that spanned pre-k through 12th grade. Weeldreyer also served as the Executive Director the Office of New and Charter Schools, facilitating and supporting the opening of more than 20 new public schools, and overseeing the charter school application and renewal process for Baltimore. Weeldreyer taught elementary and middle school in New Orleans and Baltimore. She was a Teach for America corps member. Weeldreyer went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her BA and she holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. Weeldreyer is the author of several books for children.