Jane R. Snider, Ed.D.
Dr. Jane Snider has vast experience in the fields of education, nonprofit management, and board governance. A teacher, college professor, Founder, and Executive Director for a nationally recognized school was the essence of her career, acclaimed for her leadership and business acumen. She now is a consultant to various types of not-for-profit entities, especially schools, guiding the administrations on operations, Board governance, coaching on how to raise funds, and assisting with Executive Searches. She mentors Heads and Executive Directors transitioning out or entering in to their organization, as well. She founded The Summit School in 1989 for bright students with dyslexia and other learning challenges in Edgewater, MD. Under Dr. Snider’s direction, Summit earned the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Office of Education in its tenth year.
In October 2013, Dr. Snider was named as Business Leader of the Year by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. The award was given to an individual who has had an impact on the community, shown personal philanthropy through service, and demonstrates outstanding leadership attributes. Most recently, she was recognized for her contribution to the broader community by her induction to the Chamber Hall of Fame.
Numerous other organizations have heralded her work by naming her one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 1999, a TWIN honoree for her contribution to business and industry in 2012, and Smart CEO for her achievement as a woman in business (2011). She earned sixteen awards for her work as an educator and business woman. As Founding Executive Director of The Summit School, she raised millions of dollars to build an Endowment, tripled the Scholarship fund, and brought revenue for technology, equipment, training of faculty, etc.
As a college professor at The George Washington University, Dr. Snider was in charge of Master’s degree candidates who were placed in internships around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She taught them how to individualize, design accommodations, and to instruct the most high-risk students. Differentiating instruction has been and is one of her special talents. Dr. Snider established and built a private practice from 1982-1989 serving hundreds of students who were struggling in school before founding The Summit School. Since transitioning from Executive Director of the school to CEO of Heads-Up Consultants, she has assisted schools and nonprofits as a mentor, a fundraising consultant, and an expert in program development.
Presenting at national, regional, and local conferences has been a way for Dr. Snider to help parents and professionals further understand the intricacies of educating students with a range of needs. Since 1993, she has given more than sixty presentations at national and regional conferences, workshops, schools, and associations. Her expertise as a learning disabilities specialist and school Head is sought after to advise and support families and professionals.
A further extension of her commitment to not-for-profit organizations is serving on more than ten Boards of Directors. From organizations that serve students with special needs to the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Snider provides strategic thinking and extensive experience to help organizations succeed.