Dr. Jeanne Forrester Profile
Jeanne Forrester, Ed.D.
For the past four decades, Dr. Forrester’s has had a variety of experiences as a career educator. Her experiences include ten years as a classroom teacher of young adolescents; two middle school principal positions; consulting for districts, schools, states, and organizations; executive directorship of two state middle school associations (MS and NM); graduate level teaching; professional development; and a term as the Mississippi governor’s education advisor. Her doctor’s and master’s degrees in educational leadership are from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Originally, from Mississippi, Dr. Forrester has been in New Mexico since 1996, working in the Albuquerque Public Schools District (APS). She has had positions that have allowed her to provide technical assistance and support to schools, principals, and staff; provide professional development, training, and group facilitation for a variety of entities; manage large grants for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and serve as the grant development specialist with the APS Education Foundation. In the summer of 2011, she moved into her current position with the APS Coordinated School Health Department.
As the APS Student Wellness Manager, she assists with all matters concerning student health and wellness. She facilitates the district wellness policy, serves as the coordinator for the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), and supports the work of SHACs at each of the district’s one hundred and forty-two school sites. In addition, Dr. Forrester serves as a liaison to various organizations and agencies with work and interests in improving the health (and therefore, academic achievement) of APS students and their families and communities (Bernalillo County Community Health Council, NM Healthier Weight Council, local health providers, etc.). She also has been an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department, NM Highlands University/Rio Rancho.
Dr. Forrester and her husband, Dr. Tom Vosburgh, are parents of two young adult children, both having been educated in APS schools and at the University of New Mexico.