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McDonogh Earns Top Workplace Honors

Accepting the Top Workplace awards on behalf of McDonogh are Head of Lower School Barbara Robins, Head of Upper School Merritt Livermore, and Head of Middle School Darren Ford.


Trust, innovation, and the "McDonogh Family" culture are just a few of the many reasons The Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces survey ranked McDonogh as the #3 Top Workplace in the midsize category. This is the school’s seventh consecutive year to receive Top Workplace honors. McDonogh also received “Top Honors” for having supportive managers who help faculty and staff learn and grow, which ultimately makes the McDonogh experience exceptional for our students. The awards were announced at an event on Thursday, November 29 at the Grand Lodge of Maryland in Cockeysville.

In a feature story that will appear in the 2018 Top Workplaces supplement in the Sunday, December 2 edition of The Baltimore Sun, Lower School math teacher Robyn Little is quoted as saying, “There is a sense that teachers are allowed to take risks—and also teach students to take risks within their problem solving.” The article goes on to say, “That trust extends beyond innovation and into the day-to-day of the classroom.”

The story also reveals that McDonogh faculty and staff appreciate the support they are given to pursue advanced degrees and the fact that lunch is free! The article concludes with a quote from Upper School English Department Head Cynthia Cox who addressed the culture of the McDonogh Family, saying, “People smile and laugh a lot. They like to be with each other. They like to be here. So many good things can happen when that kind of culture is in place.”

The Top Workplace distinctions were based on the results of a survey conducted by Energage, a Philadelphia–based employee research and consulting firm. The survey gathered responses on 24 factors that measure how well employees are working together toward a common cause. As noted by Energage, “Statements relating to ‘Connection’ and ‘Alignment’ are consistently judged most important to employees, while statements about pay and benefits rate least important for workplace satisfaction.”