Madeleine S. Ortman, IAP-L

Madeleine S. Ortman | ISM Consultant | Academic Dean | Bio
 Madeleine S. Ortman | ISM Consultant | Academic Dean | Bio | Mobile

ISM Consultant | Academic Dean


Madeleine Ortman, who first joined ISM in 1999 as a Consultant and workshop leader, has extensive experience both in leading schools and in working with them to address their leadership challenges. Previously, Madeleine spent 19 years Head of School at The Woods Academy, St. Mark the Evangelist, and Saint Martin of Tours School, all in Maryland.

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Madeleine:

  • Consults in the areas of Board structure and function; Board school sustainability; Leadership Team analysis; comprehensive faculty development; and growth and evaluation for School Heads, senior leadership, and staff
  • Acts as the Academic Dean for all of ISM's professional development events

Prior Experience

Madeleine previously held the position of Executive Director of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools for 10 years. Madeleine was an elected commissioner for the Commission on Elementary Schools for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and served as President of the Middle States Association’s Board of Trustees.

Over a span of 19 years, Madeleine was Head of School at The Woods Academy, St. Mark the Evangelist, and Saint Martin of Tours School, all in MD. She served as Assistant Head of School for four years at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, MD and St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, MD. Madeleine was the Education Coordinator for the Catholic Schools Office for the Archdiocese of Washington when it opened its first new school in 30 years.

In addition to being a member of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, and the Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development, Madeleine has been both President and Vice President of the Elementary Schools Principals’ Association for the Archdiocese of Washington. Madeleine was selected as one of 30 outstanding Principals nationwide to participate in the National Catholic Education Association's first Principal's Academy.


Madeleine received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Barat College, IL, and her master’s degree in educational administration from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She has done additional graduate work at Trinity College, also in Washington, D.C. She successfully completed the Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations at the Dale Carnegie Institute.