Foreman Fellowship Advances Burgeoning Teaching Careers

Thanks to the generosity of Anne and Thomas H. (Toby) Broadus III ’86, the Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr. Faculty Fellowship Gilman gives a recent college graduate the chance to explore the profession of teaching at Gilman School.

The 2017-2018 Foreman Fellow, our second, is a familiar face at Gilman. Jibri McLean '13 returns upon his graduation from Kenyon College, where he was president of the Kokosingers A Capella group, a starting receiver on the football team, and a member of the theater troupe. He recently played a lead role in Kenyon's production of A Free Man of Color. McLean provides support for a range of Lower School programs and also coaches football and track.

“The inspiration for the Foreman Fellowship is Johnnie himself,” says Toby Broadus, who with his wife Anne established the fellowship during the quiet phase of First Things First.  “Here is man who has been mentor, confidant, advisor not only to students, but to faculty, staff, parents and alumni.”

Director of Community and Diversity Johnnie Foreman is one of Gilman’s most beloved and outstanding faculty members. Hired by former Headmaster Redmond C.S. Finney, Foreman joined the Gilman faculty in 1984, to teach Middle School science and later Upper School English. His commitment to diversity education makes Gilman a strong community, and he has transformed Gilman and countless other schools into welcoming and safe environments inclusive of everyone. His influence spurned innumerable football and track athletes to be compete at their best, and because of his efforts, indoor track is an MIAA sport, and our track team holds appreciable championships. Most importantly, he has mentored and advised generations of Gilman men, and he is the type of educator young teachers should aspire to become.

The Foreman Fellow is part of a Gilman’s overall teaching fellowship program, which includes the Tickner Writing Fellow and two Penn Fellows. Learn more about Gilman Teaching Fellowships.

The inaugural Foreman Fellow, Alex Jimenez, taught Middle School modern languages during the 2016-2017 academic year.