John Mergendoller

Executive Director Buck Institute for Education

John's professional career has encompassed teaching, research and evaluation, curriculum, pedagogical and professional development. He began his career teaching music in rural Louisiana elementary schools as a VISTA volunteer, and then taught high school English at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire. He concluded his high school teaching career by teaching English and French in Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

John left teaching to attend Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Michigan, where he worked with Phyllis Blumenfeld and Loren Barritt. After graduation, John then took a position at Far West Laboratory (now WestEd), a federally-funded regional educational laboratory, and rose to become Senior Program Director. In 1989, he left Far West to become BIE's first Research Director. In 2000, following a national search, BIE's Board selected John as Executive Director.

John received an A.B. in Letters from Wesleyan University, an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. He lives in Marin County, California with his wife, Jessica Muller, and a Yellow Lab named Juno.

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