Three 2022 Recipients will be announced on November 11
at TABS Annual Conference in Washington DC

Burch Ford Kaleidoscope Award

for Excellence in Student & Residential Life

The Burch Ford Kaleidoscope Award recognizes three professionals each year, who have exemplified commitment, creativity and excellence in the area of Student and Residential Life.

The Award is named in honor of the late Mary Burch Tracy Ford (Burch), who served as the first full-time counselor at Groton School, the Dean of Students at Milton Academy and for 15 years, the Head of Miss Porter’s School.

Burch had a down-to-earth quality, side by side with a supremely idealistic point of view. She was a practical, can-do person, who brought her imagination, her remarkable experiences, and a devotion to service, to her work. A kaleidoscope is a fitting symbol of her graceful ability to combine her practicality, courage and renowned availability, with her creativity, playfulness and conviction of what is right. In addition to her many achievements as a leader in the boarding school community, she invented new traditions and created innovative programs that not only enriched students’ experiences, but gave them direction and confidence in great possibility. Striving for excellence was a mindset that Burch herself modeled and instilled in her colleagues and students. It became the fabric of the communities she served. 

The Burch Ford Kaleidoscope Award, itself, is a handcrafted, engraved Kaleidoscope. It will be presented on behalf of TABS Board of Trustees to three individuals each year at TABS Conference.


Join us in honoring excellence, innovation and commitment in the Student and Residential Life sector, by nominating your deserving colleagues for the 2022 Burch Ford Kaleidoscope Award.


  • Worked at a TABS member school for at least three years.
  • Shown an exemplary spirit of vocation, a devotion to service, and a gift for leadership. 
  • Modeled inspiration, commitment, and integrity as a person and as a professional.

To nominate a colleague, please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Contact information about nominator
  • General information about the nominee 
  • Nominee’s current professional information (School, Title/Position)
  • Work history
  • Supporting statement for nominee noting significant contributions to the individual’s school and/or the boarding school community (250 to 500 words)

Be Inspired


Courtney Marshall

Phillips Exeter Academy

Amanda Correa

Thomas Jefferson School

Mary Elizabeth Martin

Asheville School