Ann Imlah Schneider, Buckingham '51
"When I recently learned about the exciting plans to renovate and upgrade the BB&N Middle School campus, I was reminded of the wonderful years I spent at 80 Sparks Street. I still recall Buckingham’s liberating, caring, and intellectually stimulating education, offering a sense that with some imagination and persistence, we─girls─could think of making a wave or two in the world and could explore whatever unanticipated opportunities came along.
“In our small and nurturing surroundings during those years we were encouraged to ‘think big,’ and as I read about the many paths that BB&N alumni/ae continue to follow in the world, I am delighted to know that this is still the case.”
Schneider clearly made the most of her Buckingham education as she continued her studies at Swarthmore College and then pursued a masters degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and a Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her professional career over many decades included government service at the U.S. Departments of State and Education, where she was senior program officer for several of the Education Department's grant programs for international education under Title VI (of the Higher Education Act). Living in Washington, D.C., Dr. Schneider remains active in the field as an international education consultant involved with program evaluations and research on international content in the American higher education curriculum.
Schneider remains grateful for having had the opportunity to complete her secondary education at Buckingham thanks to generous scholarship assistance. She has been a loyal donor to BB&N and a number of years ago she enhanced her support by including BB&N in her will, making her a member of The Almy Society. “This seems to me the very best way to recognize that incalculable debt and the impact that my Buckingham experience has had on my life, and I hope that other alumni/ae will choose to do the same.”