Fifteen Teachers Achieve National Board Certification


Fifteen Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
February 11, 2013
Points of PRIDE
Richard McCready, music
technology teacher at River
Hill HS, received the 2013
Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher
of the Year Award for the
numerous ways in which he
integrates music technology
into music education.
Richard also serves as the
HCPSS resource teacher for
music technology.
Eighteen Howard County
high school students have
been named 2013
Presidential Scholars
candidates: Stephen Chen,
George Ge, Sebin Lee, Joy
Li, Taariq Mohammed,
MIchael Qian, and Anthony
Yu, from River Hill; Advait
Chauhan and Cole
Rosenberg, Hammond;
Aneesh Agrawal and
Clarissa Santori,
Centennial; Sara Johns,
Howard; Daniel Lieman and
Andrew Wang, Mt. Hebron;
Richard He, Marriottsville
Ridge; and Kendra Graham,
Marissa Graham and Albert
Liu, Atholton.
Miranda Mason, a
sophomore and news editor
at Centennial HS, recently
published a piece in
Wingspan, the school's online
news site, on the importance
of school drills. In it, she
voices her thoughts about
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Fifteen Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Teachers who recently achieved
National Board Certification were
recognized at a reception at central
office, followed by formal recognition at
the Board of Education meeting on
January 24. National Board Certification
is the highest-level credential in the
education profession. Two teachers –
Pamela Benya and Daniel Desmond –
had renewed their certification.
Pictured are (left, front to back): Pamela
Benya, Lisbon ES; Heather Taylor,
Folly Quarter MS; Mary Goff, Hammond
HS; Robert Leiby, ARL; Lynn Starr,
Mayfield Woods MS; Christopher
Doody, Hammond MS; Eunice French,
Reservoir HS; (middle, front to back):
Meghan Hearn, Veterans ES; Marta
Montanez, Talbott Springs ES; Diane
Bachek, Thunder Hill ES; Maya Cook,
Murray Hill MS; Daniel Sanz, Veterans
ES; Daniel Desmond, Centennial HS;
and (front right) Tina LeBaron, ARL.
Grace Dellinger, Reservoir HS was not
available for the photo.
TELL Survey Needs 50 Percent Participation
The statewide TELL Maryland Survey, which solicits the opinions of school-based
educators and designated support professionals, began last week. Remember, survey
results will be provided only to individual schools with a 50 percent participation rate or
above. Howard County schools have a 10.1% participation rate so far, which is a
promising start. Kudos to the staff at Patapsco Middle School for reaching a 54.6%
participation rate the first week! The survey will take place through March 1. Visit for more information.
tragic events that have
happened around the country
while participating in the
school's Lockdown drill. Read
her article at:
Led by Milan Black,
Patapsco MS 7th grade
student, and Kathy Ivey,
student town council and
school sponsor, PMS
students and staff collected
nearly 200 pairs of jeans for
homeless teens in America.
Jeans are the number one
item that homeless teens
request from shelters.
Upcoming Holy Days
Feb. 13 - Ash Wednesday/Lent
begins (Christian)
Feb. 14 - Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
Feb. 24 - Purim (Jewish)
Full descriptions of holy days
are available on the HCPSS
From administrative offices:
From home or classroom:
Student Council Launches New Website
The Howard County Association of Student Councils
(HCASC) has launched a new, student-run website. All
middle and high school students are invited to explore
the site and learn about opportunities to make a
difference in their schools and communities. HCASC offers opportunities for all kinds of
student leaders, not just those elected to student government. Check out their site at:
National History Day Winners Honored at State House
On January 28, Senate President Miller, House Speaker
Busch, Lt. Governor Brown and the members of both
houses of the Maryland General Assembly recognized
Maryland’s 2012 National History Day winners at the
Maryland State House. Among them were Cecilia Hsu
(pictured, right), Centennial HS, who earned a place at
the National History Day finals with her paper about the
Industrial Revolution and the democratization of music.
Also honored from Howard County was Sarallah Salehi,
(left) a graduate of Centennial HS, who won a
scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he is
now a student, for his website on the Haitian Revolution.
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