COVID-19 Response & Continuity of Learning Success - Issue 12

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Issue 12   |   July 31, 2020

Message from Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools

It was an honor to join Maryland's top educators in a virtual summit this week as we formally recognized the 24 Teachers of the Year representing local school systems throughout the State. All of our State’s teachers are passionate, highly-skilled and committed professionals who dedicate themselves to nurturing, mentoring, leading and inspiring our children.  Every day they are truly making a difference and go above and beyond expectations, as we witnessed this spring during the unprecedented closure of schools. Among this elite group, Maryland Teachers of the Year distinguish themselves by setting an unparalleled benchmark for public service, creativity and love of learning recognized by their students, parents, peers and administrators. The 2020-21 local Teachers of the Year represent all grade levels, including elementary, middle and high schools and a wide array of subject areas from math and science, to physical education and the arts, to social studies and language arts. These educators will contend for designation as the overall Maryland Teacher of the Year, who will be named in the fall and represent the State in the national competition.

Local Teachers of the Year form an annual cohort that guides education policy, as well as key curriculum and student initiatives in Maryland. I want to thank last year’s cohort, which focused on emotional support and learning as part their year-long special project.  They created an uplifting and motivational video to educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding all educators that “we are in this together.” It can be viewed here.

 Maryland Teachers of the Year logo

Congratulations to all of our local Teachers of the Year for 2020-21! This year will certainly prove to be yet another challenge as we continue to face the extraordinary challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are certainly fortunate to have the benefit of their leadership in the months ahead.

Winning Teachers of the Year from Each Local School System:

Allegany County Public Schools: Stacey Bradley, South Penn Elementary School

Anne Arundel County Public Schools: Emily Davis, Brooklyn Park Middle School

Baltimore City Public Schools: Wyatt Oroke, City Springs Elementary School

Baltimore County Public Schools: Robert Runk, Parkville Middle School

Calvert County Public Schools: Caitlin Fregelette, Calvert High School

Caroline County Public Schools: Shaughnessy Harris, Preston Elementary School

Carroll County Public Schools: Jena Ehmann, Winfield Elementary School

Cecil County Public Schools: Chelsea Jones, Elkton Middle School

Charles County Public Schools: James E. Ball, North Point High School

Dorchester Public Schools: Cherie Robinson, Dorchester Career and Technology Center

Frederick County Public Schools: Jill McWilliams, Walkersville Elementary School

Garrett County Public Schools: Kista Powell, Northern Garrett High School

Harford County Public Schools: Elizabeth White, Harford Technical High School

Howard County Public Schools: Jerome Pickens, Bryant Woods Elementary School

Kent County Public Schools: Angela Lins, Galena Elementary School

Montgomery County Public Schools: Inge Chichester, Sligo Middle School

Prince George’s County Public Schools: Mary Piccirilli, Cooper Lane Elementary School

Queen Anne’s County Public Schools: Amber Wright, Kent Island High School

St. Mary’s County Public Schools: Deaneth Brown-Taylor, Spring Ridge Middle School

Somerset County Public Schools: Lauren Beauchamp, Carter G. Woodson Elementary School

Talbot County Public Schools: David Cherry, Easton High School, Mathematics

Washington County Public Schools: Christine Hurley, Boonsboro Middle School

Wicomico County Public Schools: Hemalatha Bhaskaran, James M. Bennett High School

Worcester County Public Schools: Christina McQuaid, Pocomoke Middle School



Beyond BCPS: Veronica Johns, Eastern Technical High School Graduate

Photo courtesy of Savannah Class Photography. Veronica Johns, with grad cap, at McDaniel College.

Photo courtesy of Savannah Class Photography.
Veronica Johns, with graduation cap, at McDaniel College.



2020 Baltimore County Public Schools Virtual Summer Art Enrichment Camp



What Is Your Favorite Place to Visit While Reading?

Hogwarts, Narnia, or maybe some time travel … Looking for some book ideas to add to your #AACPSAwesomeSummer? Check out the 2020 Anne Arundel County Public School Summer Reading Lists

2020 Anne Arundel County Public School Summer Reading



Liberty High School Student’s Artwork Featured in Education Journal

A self-portrait by Katja Moody, who will begin her senior year at Liberty High School in September, has been selected to be featured in Phi Delta Kappa’s education journal, Kappan.

Katja is an active member of the National Art Honor Society. According to art teacher Lauren Latane-Valis, “Katja is a talented artist who also has dedicated a lot of her time to increasing the awareness of art education in our school and community.”

Liberty High School Student Katja Moody self-portrait

Westminster High School FFA 2020 graduate Avery Dull



Westminster High School Graduate Avery Dull Receives State FFA Awards

Congratulations to Westminster High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) 2020 graduate Avery Dull, who was recognized for her achievements in FFA, Agricultural Education, and Supervised Agricultural Experience with three awards at the Maryland State FFA Convention.



Congratulations to the Secondary Summer School Students of the Week


Secondary Summer School Stars!

The Secondary Summer School staff wanted to recognize some of the students who have been crushing it. But with each teacher selecting only one student, they found it hard to choose! Congratulations to these Students of the Week, keep up the hard work everybody!

More shout outs from Secondary Summer School staff to high-flying Secondary Summer School students! The word from Ms. Hackett, Summer School administrator, is that the teachers (not all pictured here, of course) appreciate the hard work and commitment of these students. Keep rocking! 

More shout outs from Secondary Summer School staff to high-flying Secondary Summer School students!



Dayton Oaks Teacher Inducted into Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Fellowship

Congratulations Dayton Oaks Elementary School Gifted & Talented teacher Joy Mangiulli, chosen earlier this year for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Sarah D. Barder Fellowship Program! She was recognized for excellence in identifying, motivating and developing students with advanced academic ability.

Dayton Oaks Elementary School Gifted & Talented teacher Joy Mangiulli



Teen Creates Face Shields With 3D Printer for Front-Line Workers

Wow! Reservoir High School student Ayra Hussain built a 3D printer and has made more than 60 face shields for front-line workers. Way To Go Ayra!   Read more here.

University of Maryland doctor wearing 3D Face Mask made by Howard County student
Teen Creates Face Shields With 3D Printer for Front-Line Workers



Congratulations to Officer Moore From the Maryland Center for School Safety!

Baltimore County School Resource Officer (SRO) Wins 2020 National School Resource Officer of the Year Award.

Officer DJ Moore selected over more than 14,000 school resource officers for the National School Resource Officer

Officer Danielle Moore (SRO) was selected over more than 14,000 school resource officers across the United States for this award.

Baltimore County Officer Danielle Moore was awarded as the 2020 National Association of School Resource Officers (SRO) Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year.

Assigned to Overlea High School in Baltimore County in 2018, Moore is known to her colleagues, peers, and her district as someone who makes significant contributions throughout the school and community she serves.

Like many SROs in the nation and here in Maryland, Officer Moore contributes to the positive culture of her assigned school. She is the co-coordinator of the female mentoring I.T. Girls of Overlea High School, serves as a member of the school’s student support team, and is a member of the Restorative Practices team.

According to Overlea High Principal Monica Sample, Officer Moore has “conducted over 100 restorative conferences,” thereby preventing numerous altercations in the school and community.”

Find out more about Officer Moore by reading the press release from Baltimore County Public Schools


Young Leaders Emerge at Maryland Future Farmers of America

Six Maryland Future Farmers of America (FFA) students, representing six chapters and five Maryland counties, have been chosen to serve as state officers for the 2020-2021 season.

As state officers, the team is responsible for planning and implementing leadership development opportunities for the 2,500 FFA members in the 54 chapters that are spread throughout the state of Maryland. They will also represent the Maryland Association at local, state and national events, including the National FFA Convention, which will be held virtually for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The state officer team represents all five regions of the state this year,” said Terrie Shank, executive director of the Maryland FFA Association. “They are committed to serve as officers, and have experienced virtual learning firsthand, which will allow them to better relate with the members in an online environment. I know they appreciate the total team effort that it will take throughout this year to provide leadership activities and programs for the local members.”

Maryland FFA


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