Notable Women 2021: Aldridge Marks

Meet the Bay-area women who are leading the way in their fields.

UMS-Wright Preparatory School // Lower School Principal

Aldridge Marks portrait
Aldridge Marks // Photo by Chad Riley

Aldridge Marks has always had a passion for education, leadership and children. While working in the University of South Alabama’s Department of Leadership and Teacher Education, she helped pioneer the Academic Support Program at UMS-Wright Preparatory School. 

What advice would you give the next generation of female leaders? 
Adaptability is the best advice I would give to the next generation of female leaders. Being adaptable is key in leadership as one must effortlessly and instinctively understand when to lead and when to follow.    

How do you differentiate yourself from others in your field?
Through volunteering at Augusta Evans, Camp Smile, and United Cerebral Palsy in my formative years in education to teaching in an inclusive classroom in the Mobile County Public Schools, I learned determination, grit and perseverance when learning or living independently didn’t come easily for all.  I discovered that it was more miraculous when a young student’s education journey was easy, versus shocking when learning was hard and/or seemed unattainable. 

 “I have spent a majority of my career in education being a voice for families of children and adults who learn differently.” 

Aldridge Marks

What are your hopes for the future?
Today, I feel I can continue to influence a larger population of children and empower the next generation of female leaders as I accept the role of lower school principal at UMS-Wright Preparatory School. 

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