Meet Ginny Perrin,
2021 Violet Longobardi Award Honoree

May 27, 2021

Ginny Perrin, MMFS Director of Operations and Outreach, has worn many hats in her 28 years with the school. First and foremost an educator, she has run Camp Marmac, served as Curriculum Coordinator, Tech Coordinator, and Upper Elementary Division Head, and overseen the development of the Mary McDowell Teaching and Learning Center.

Ginny’s most unexpected achievements came as MMFS repeatedly turned to her to help the school grow, both literally and figuratively. In 1999, she helped us work with architects and contractors to turn a former cheese factory at 20 Bergen Street into the permanent home of Mary McDowell Friends School. When the middle school needed its own building, MMFS again turned to Ginny to oversee the buildout of Summit Street. Next, Ginny led a multi-year, multi-phased project that culminated in the opening of the upper school at 23 Sidney Place in 2011, at which time she assumed the management of all three buildings.

In 2016, MMFS embarked on its most ambitious project yet: the expansion and renovation of the lower school building on Bergen Street, with Ginny at the helm. But never did Ginny imagine that the experience she acquired from these projects would be called upon to ensure the health and safety of every student and staff member during a global health emergency. Ginny almost single-handedly transformed MMFS into its current incarnation, creatively turning every inch of every building into socially distanced, properly ventilated and sanitized learning spaces.

Thanks to Ginny’s bone-deep understanding of the needs of our students, her tireless research into current health and safety standards, and her abiding commitment to our community, MMFS has been able to continue providing the education our students need and deserve, even in the midst of a pandemic.

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