Center for the Advancement of Girls

Just call us Agnes Irwin's Superpower.

The Center for the Advancement of Girls works to translate information into inspiration that creates the most advantageous environment for girls to thrive.

Everything we do at The Agnes Irwin School is centered around what's best for girls, which is why we were intentional about creating The Center for the Advancement of Girls. It's the force that infuses relevant girl-centered research into the Agnes Irwin educational experience and works to empower girls and young women in our community and beyond. 

Because the future of the world depends on her.

Partnerships and Programs

We forge partnerships with colleges, universities, and nonprofits to expand our curricula and extend our educational experiences — allowing our students to apply what they have learned in innovative ways.

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Pedagogy and Curriculum

The Center embraces research-driven and student-centered pedagogies and brings them in the AIS classroom — creating a relevant and engaging learning experience for our students.

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Research Initiatives

We partner with leading academic researchers and advocates that study the trends, influences, and experiences that shape our girls' futures.

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Our Work

The Center for the Advancement of Girls hosts conferences, publishes white papers, designs programs, authors op-eds, and writes a blog. Gain insights and inspiration from the Center, along with the keynote speakers, panelists and participants who have attended our Advancing Girls STEM conferences. 

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Meet the Team

Mariandl Hufford

Mariandl Hufford

Assistant Head of School, Director of The Center for the Advancement of Girls

Mariandl is an experienced educator with dual master's degrees in Educational Leadership and in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University and a bachelors' from Bryn Mawr College. She is responsible for overseeing the academic programming for Agnes Irwin and the research, programming, and community engagement initiatives for The Center for the Advancement of Girls. Her student-centered, research-based focus inspires her work in creating programs and pedagogy that best serve girls. 

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Bridgette Ouimette

Bridgette Ouimette

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Resesarch

Bridgette joined Agnes Irwin in 2017 to lead research initiatives for The Center for the Advancement of Girls as well as strategic partnerships that expand opportunities for our students in areas of research and entrepreneurship. Bridgette holds a bachelor's in Political Science from Towson University and a master's from the University of Southern California.

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Sarah Kinder

Sarah Kinder

Director of Service Learning and Special Programs

With 30 years of experience at Agnes Irwin, Sarah leads the service learning and special programs for the school, encouraging girls to "get out of their comfort zone" and become engaged global citizens. A former Peace Corps volunteer and Outward Bound participant, Sarah received her bachelor's from Trinity College and master's from Pennsylvania State University.

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Alison Monzo

Alison Monzo

Program Manager

Alison designs, manages, and directs student-centered programs and initiatives for The Center for the Advancement of Girls as well as the Center's annual STEM conference. She holds a bachelor's from Dickinson College and a master's from The Catholic University of America.

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Chanee Lay

Chanee Lay

Events and Special Projects Coordinator

Supporting both the Development Office and The Center for the Advancement of Girls, Chanee oversees design and production for all special events and projects for The Agnes Irwin School. Chanee joined Agnes Irwin in 2012 and received her bachelor's from Temple University.

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