Meg Bamford has devoted her entire career to educating students with special needs. Prior to becoming the executive leader of Miriam in July 2022, she was the Head of Radcliffe Creek School, an independent school in Maryland with a mission very similar to Miriam’s. Previously, Meg was Director of Student Services in a New Hampshire district, a senior leadership position she rose to after serving for 10 years as a reading and writing specialist. During that time, Meg also taught a methods course in teaching struggling readers and writers at Rivier University and Granite State College. Meg began her career teaching fifth grade in the inner city of Chicago. Inspired to work with children with learning differences, she then was an elementary and middle school teacher at Landmark School, in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, a school for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Meg was a unique learner herself and credits the teachers who recognized her strengths and helped her build on them as her inspiration for a career in special education.
Meg graduated with a BA in psychology and Spanish from Fairfield University in Connecticut. She earned a Master’s in Educational Psychology at Nottingham University in the United Kingdom, and another Master’s of Science in Moderate Special Needs at Simmons College in Boston. Meg met her husband, Eliot, a Nottingham native and educator, while they were working as camp counselors in Massachusetts. They have two daughters in college and a son in high school.
“Miriam captured my heart almost instantly. The deep-rooted commitment of Miriam to serve children who learn differently in the St. Louis community is a dream come true for me,” said Meg, who moved with her family from Maryland to St. Louis.