Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a practitioner who has worked at the classroom, building, and central office levels. As principal of Joyce Kilmer Middle School, Paul was one of the first principals in Fairfax County, Virginia, to build a PLC.

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Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is an experienced practitioner who has worked at the classroom, building, and central office levels. As principal of Joyce Kilmer Middle School, Paul was one of the first principals in Fairfax County, Virginia, to build a PLC. He now consults with educators at every level, from classroom teachers to systemwide leaders, helping them develop and sustain PLCs. His presentations include hands-on activities and practical applications that demonstrate how to build a collaborative culture and a learning-centered environment. Paul inspires participants by highlighting success stories and lessons learned on his own PLC journeys.

Although Paul began his educational career in the classroom, he was soon promoted to a team leader, guiding efforts to support underachieving students. That position led him to become a department chair, central office teacher specialist, curriculum writer, and staff developer. He later accepted a position as assistant principal of a 3,000-student high school in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public School System. In 2005, the deputy superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools selected Paul to be the project director of instructional technology integration. In that capacity, Paul worked with all grade levels and directed a districtwide project to build an online curriculum repository with links to assessments designed to improve student performance on Virginia's high-stakes tests.

Paul is coauthor of How to Help Your School Thrive Without Breaking the Bank and Dealing With the Tough Stuff: Practical Solutions for School Administrators.

Paul earned a master's degree in education leadership from George Mason University.

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Presentation titles by Paul Farmer

  • PLC Overview and Orientation
  • A Closer Look at Collaboration, Essential Skills, Assessments, and Interventions
  • Role of the Administrators in a PLC
  • The Power of Data in a PLC
  • Role of the Leadership Teams in a PLC
  • Secondary Master Scheduling for Collaboration

“Paul was fabulous! He not only put together an easy and applicable way for us to understand and practice writing SMART goals but also helped me set standards to make us a schoolwide team! I'm so pleased, as is my staff. What a great way to set the tone and kick off a new year together. Thank you!”

Dawn Hagness, principal, West Wendover Elementary School, Nevada

“Paul Farmer ignites the belief that schools can change from within. He backs up his expertise with the tools for each school to begin that first step. Loved hearing you from the first 45 seconds.”

Paula Wykle, instructional coach, Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia

“I saw you in Washington DC and just fell in love with the idea of PLC. I was excited to come back to my district and get started. I was thrilled that you came to our district to share this idea and new thought with everyone. I can only hope everyone becomes a change agent and focuses on learning this way.”

Mary A. Cartwright, teacher, Newlonsburg Elementary School, Pennsylvania