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Teresa Ankney

Head of School
Friendship School

21784, United States

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Teresa Ankney - Professional Summary:

Teresa Ankney serves as an advocate for the educational rights of children with dyslexia and she has achieved considerable success in her endeavors to support their scholastic progress throughout her career. In addition to fulfilling her responsibilities as the Head of the School at Friendship School, a private institution in Eldersburg, Maryland that caters to the unique learning challenges associated with dyslexia, Teresa Ankney maintains active involvement in numerous local and statewide educational programs.

In 1998, Teresa Ankney co-founded the Parent Advocacy Group for Educational Rights (PAGER). She has also served as Chair of the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute since 2001, an organization she co-founded with the late Margaret Byrd Rawson, a champion for improving dyslexic education. Margaret Byrd Rawson broke new ground in establishing successful instructional methods for dyslexic learners and she coached Teresa Ankney on these pioneering educational approaches during the several years she served as her mentor. Dr. Ankney later implemented these learning strategies in her position at the Friendship School.

Prior to her work at the Friendship School, Teresa Ankney tutored severely dyslexic children, which allowed her to gain practical applied experience working with this particular demographic of learners. Between 1996 and 2001, Dr. Ankney participated in the staff development of a Frederick County Public School subcommittee for early childhood education. Moreover, Teresa Ankney has consistently contributed to several statewide initiatives sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education, including the Maryland Literacy Team and a task force for identifying educational practices for students at risk or identified with reading and/or writing disabilities. Teresa Ankney’s continuous efforts at improving the education system led to her earning the 2002 Maryland Women of Achievement award.

Teresa Ankney’s earlier professional experience took place at the collegiate level, where she conducted research and taught sociology classes in conjunction with her Ph.D. studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she also obtained her M.A. in Applied Social Research.

Apart from her professional and altruistic endeavors, Teresa Ankney enjoys gardening and cooking at her home in Manassas, Virginia.


Teresa Ankney - Professional Experience:

Friendship School
Head of School
1st thru 8th grade school for dyslexic children
Eldersburg, MD US
07/1/2002 — Current


Teresa Ankney - Education:


Ph.D. in Sociology, May 1993

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Minor:  Economics (emphasis on Labor Economics)

Dissertation:  “The Pendulum of Control:  The Evolution of the Weirton Steel Company, 1909-1951.”

Specialization:  Organizations, Social Movements, Labor History and Economics


M.A. in Applied Social Research, May 1982

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Specializations:  Research Methods, Statistics, Program Design and Evaluation, Social Policy


B.A. in Sociology, May 1980

Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia

Honors: “Auguste Comte” departmental honors award in Sociology, May 1980


Teresa Ankney - Interests:

Gardening, Cooking, Music



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