AMLE Announces New Director for Professional Development


May 15, 2023

Columbus, Ohio – The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Rose will join the association full-time as its Director for Professional Development. Ms. Rose, currently Head of Middle School at the Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey, will officially assume the role on July 1, 2023.

“I am delighted for Jennifer to join our team and to be able to support the growing demand for professional development from our members,” said Stephanie Simpson, AMLE CEO, “Jennifer truly ‘gets’ the middle level and shares our passion for this age group. She is a forward-thinking leader with demonstrated success implementing middle grades best practice to the benefit of her students and their families.”

During nearly three decades in middle level education, Rose’s work in both public and private school settings has included roles of teacher, grade level team leader, dean, and head of middle school. In addition to her current role, she also currently serves as Site Director for the school’s Global Online Academy and as one of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Facilitators. A dedicated educator, speaker, and leader, she has been focused on middle grades education, supporting middle grades educators, and the development of emerging adolescents from the beginning of her professional career at the St. Bernard’s School, NYC, NY in 1995. In addition to her expertise in implementing the middle school model, she has a passion for supporting schools’ effective use of instructional technology. Rose graduated from New York University in 1992, and subsequently earned her M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum from the Nathan Weiss Graduate College of Kean University in 2010.

“AMLE is an incredibly dynamic and exciting leader in the middle grades educational space,” said Rose about the announcement, “I am truly thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with a distinguished set of educators and designers who are interested in supporting this specific population of students, a group especially close to my heart.”

In addition to her experience as an educator, Rose’s biography makes her well suited to a role which will have her working with diverse schools around the world. Growing up as the daughter of an Army officer, living both across the United States and as an expat living abroad in both Okinawa, Japan, and at the NATO base near Mons, Belgium, gave Rose first-hand experience living and learning among a variety of diverse cultural perspectives and shaped her personal values and professional goals. “I know that our schools will be well served by Jennifer’s ability to actively listen and understand their challenges and opportunities to create tailored solutions. We know that the middle school model looks different in each school, but is possible in every school. And she embodies that philosophy.”

A core component of AMLE’s mission is to provide high-quality, evidence-based, and affordable middle grades professional development to our constituent schools. Learn more about AMLE professional development and submit an interest form today.