Garrison Forest empowers students to realize their full potential and live lives of purpose.

Garrison Forest School


MEET THE OFFICE

Welcome to Garrison Forest! We look
forward to sharing our school with you.

There is a unique energy on our campus that infuses joy into learning and living. You can feel it across the campus and see it in the faces of our students – we often call it the “Garrison Forest Spirit.” We invite you to visit our campus, join us for a prospective parent event and take a tour. Come discover our spirit for yourself.

Admissions team 2019-2020

 


CATIE GIBBONS, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION

Catie Gibbons came to Garrison Forest School in July 2014 as Assistant Director of Admission, she became the Associate Director of Admission in July 2017 and in July 2019 she earned a position as Director of Admission. Ms. Gibbons holds a M.A. in Anthropology from The University of Chicago and a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College. She is also a 2005 graduate of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania, where she was a Levi Sprague scholar. Before arriving at Garrison Forest, Ms. Gibbons served as assistant to the president of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also served as a member of the history faculty and assistant athletic director for three years at The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. While there, she was a dorm parent and head coach for both the girls’ varsity basketball and lacrosse programs. Ms. Gibbons played lacrosse at Hamilton College as a walk-on, four-year starter, earning the role of captain her senior year and helping to secure Hamilton’s first-ever national championship in 2008.


JANICE BOGDAN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION

Janice Bogdan joined the Garrison Forest School Admission team in August 2016. Ms. Bogdan began her career working in college admissions in 2000, first at her alma mater, Goucher College, and most recently at Johns Hopkins University. During her 16 years working in undergraduate admissions Ms. Bogdan conducted extensive recruitment travel meeting talented high school students all around the globe which sparked her interest in working at an independent school. Ms. Bogdan was particularly attracted to Garrison Forest given the strength of its academic programs and strong sense of community. Ms. Bogdan is originally from Baltimore so has been familiar with Garrison Forest for a very long time and having also attended an all-girls school, loves being in an environment that focuses on developing the potential of girls and young women. Ms. Bogdan earned her B.A. in French from Goucher College in 2000 and a M.A. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland College Park in 2008. She lives in on the Garrison Forest campus with her daughter, Claire, and husband, Don.


JAZMIN GREENE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION

Jazmin Greene started at Garrison in July 2019 as the Assistant Director of Admissions. Ms. Greene holds her M.A in Management and Leadership and her B.A in Psychology and Philosophy from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to working at Garrison, Ms. Greene worked in Higher Education at both Hood College and Notre Dame of Maryland for four years. Ms. Greene is very passionate about women’s education as she received both her bachelors and masters from a single-sex university. She is very excited about making an impact on every future Grizzly student and family she meets. She resides in Baltimore City with her partner and her dog Juno. 

TASHA LANDIS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION

Tasha Landis started at Garrison Forest School in August 2016 as the Student Life Assistant working with the Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life. Ms. Landis graduated with a B.S. in Business Management and is in the process of completing her M.S. in Counseling. Throughout her time at Garrison Forest she has been a dorm parent, middle school coach for the basketball and lacrosse teams, and peer educator advisor. Ms. Landis enjoys getting to know students of all ages and has seen the special impact girls' education has had on each of them. Now joining the Admission team as an Assistant Director of Admission, she is excited to meet prospective students and encourage them to join the Garrison Forest community.  


LESLIE SHAFFER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION

Leslie Shaffer joined the Garrison Forest Admission team in July 2019. Prior to joining the GFS community, she worked as a teacher at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York, and most recently The New Century School in Fell's Point. Having worked as an educator in both co-ed and all girls' schools, Ms. Shaffer is acutely aware of the strength and confidence girls build in an single-sex environment, and was drawn to Garrison Forest for this reason. She holds a M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College and a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College. She looks forward to continuing her work with students and families in her role as Assistant Director of Admission. 

Contact

Phone: (410) 559-3111

Fax: (410) 363-8441

Email: admission@gfs.org

Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic school year

9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during summer months and holidays

What does the research show?

Subtracting boys from a girl’s school environment simply adds up to many more opportunities—and better learning—for the girls.

Nearly 80% of girls’ schools students report most of their classes challenge them to achieve their full academic potential vs. 72.3% of girls at coed independent and 44.3% at coed public schools.- Dr. Richard A. Holmgren, Allegheny College, ‘Steeped in Learning: the Students Experience at All-Girls Schools

More positive academic and behavioral interactions [were observed] between teachers and students in the single-sex schools than in comparison to coed schools.- U.S. Department of Education, “Early Implementation of Public Single-Sex Schools: Perceptions and Characteristics.”

93% of girls’ school grads say they were offered greater leadership opportunities than peers at coed schools and 80% have held leadership positions since graduating from high school.- Goodman Research Group, “The Girls’ School Experience: A Survey of Young Alumnae of Single-Sex Schools”

Compared to coed peers, girls’ school grads are 3 times more likely to consider engineering careers.

Nearly 50% of all women graduating from girls’ schools rate their public speaking ability as high vs. 38% from coed schools.

Dr. Linda Sax, UCLA, “Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Difference in their Characteristics and the Transition to College”

Want to learn more? Visit the National Coalition of Girls Schools.