The “Faces of AACPS” campaign celebrates the people who make Anne Arundel County Public Schools awesome. Since the beginning of 2016, Anne Arundel County Public Schools has been asking current and past members of our school community to tell us about a person, opportunity, or experience in AACPS has had a positive impact on their life.

Bringing Authentic Cultural Experience To The Classroom

August 6th, 2018|

For the past 8 years, I have been able to bring 12 years of authentic cultural experiences into my AACPS classroom.

Reinforcing Environmental Lessons

August 2nd, 2018|

South Shore Elementary chose to embrace our role as caregiver to the Bay by using volunteers to help organize a full day of special environmental events called the Green Apple Day Of Service.

Starting The Adventure in Reading!

August 2nd, 2018|

STAIR is a proven reading and mentoring program designed to provide early intervention for at-risk second grade students.

Tutoring with the NSA

August 2nd, 2018|

Employees of the National Security Administration visit Meade Middle School on a weekly basis to tutor students in all grade levels and subject areas! ESOL and Math students in particular have benefited greatly from their services.

Educating Students About The Bay

August 2nd, 2018|

This year, Oak Hill Elementary was chosen by the Maryland State Bar Association for participation in their program that focuses on improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay while educating students about the Bay and their role in keeping it healthy.

Get Ready to Read!

August 2nd, 2018|

Just like a walk-a-thon, this program raises money based on how much each entrant reads. In this case, each minute spent reading translated into miles....This program has been in place for four years. In that time, it has raised over eighteen thousand dollars. Of course, it has also helped to support the cause of literacy. The Read-a-Thon is now one of the biggest, most successful school wide events at Linthicum Elementary.

Encouraging Literacy By Sharing Stories

August 2nd, 2018|

Many schools have guest reader programs. Waugh Chapel Elementary decided to enhance this program by implementing Mystery Reader Days.

“The Mills-Parole Way”

August 2nd, 2018|

I am very pleased to present Mills-Parole Elementary with this plaque in recognition of your wonderful program that supports literacy as well as the development of caring, competent, and contributing citizens.

Instruction Is The Essence Of Education.

July 19th, 2018|

Years ago I read a quote that forever resonated in my soul, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. “My hope is that I inspire!

My Teaching Philosophy

July 19th, 2018|

"My teaching philosophy is rooted within my goal of instilling a deep love of learning in my students while challenging them to surpass their personal expectations. I believe that each child is a unique individual with their own diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and specific interests and it is my duty to rise to the occasion and take them to their next level of learning."--Lori-Ann Blazano

Improving classrooms through teamwork and personal connections.

July 2nd, 2018|

Inspiring children to learn is a gift I feel humbled and grateful to share.

The best lessons start with a question: “What if?”

July 2nd, 2018|

"There is no doubt in my mind that becoming a teacher is a calling, not a job. I have never regretted becoming a teacher."- Christina Houstian

Opening the Door for Deaf Culture in Our Schools

June 28th, 2018|

“AACPS opened the door and pursued ASL as a language to be taught in it’s schools. This willingness gives students the opportunity to broaden their language horizons and become productive/contributing members of society.”--Dana Dobbs, Broadneck High School

Connections that Matter

June 28th, 2018|

"As teachers, we have the unique responsibility of being the first domino in this epic domino rally setup."--Heather Carnaghan, Monarch Global Academy

My Journey with AACPS

June 28th, 2018|

“My journey with AACPS began over 25 years ago, as a young child who was embarking on his first days of Kindergarten.”--Timothy Smith, Folger McKinsey Elementary

A Legacy of Teachers

June 28th, 2018|

“The women in my family have given over 100 year of teachings to AACPS.”--Elizabeth Parker, NHS

Teaching is My Purpose

June 19th, 2018|

"My passion for science led me to pursue every program possible to acquire more effective teaching practices and increased first-hand collaboration with scientists in the real world to bring back these wonderful opportunities to enhance student experiences."--Debbie Sparby, SPMS

Beyond the Teaching Standards

June 18th, 2018|

"A teacher never stops learning because our students are always changing."--Charlene Beyerlein, Jones Elementary

Paying Teaching Forward

June 15th, 2018|

"I hope that one day, my students will remember me as fondly as I remember the teachers who had a positive impact on my life."--Jill Weigelt, Arundel Middle

Why I Love Teaching

June 15th, 2018|

"Throughout the years I have met some of the most endearing children, interesting families, knowledgeable experts and compassionate professionals of my life."--Ronnie Barill, Van Bokkelen Elementary

My students’ home away from home

June 15th, 2018|

"Classroom culture and environment directly impacts student success. My philosophy of teaching is built around this statement and begins by creating a home away from home for my students."--Marlene Kramer, Southern High School

Reflecting on my Honorable Profession

June 8th, 2018|

“I have come to realize that my philosophy of teaching can not be summarized into one word or phrase. It is a belief, a passion, and a responsibility.”—Nicole Hughes, Windsor Farm Elementary

Child-Centered Learning

June 8th, 2018|

“When student diversity is accounted for, all students will succeed.”—Debra Biggs, Pasadena Elementary

Inspired to Achieve Greatness

June 8th, 2018|

"I’ve risen above thinking I achieved greatness on my own; and I’ve embraced the responsibility to ignite and stoke in my students the fire that was started inside of me." --Iris Crankfield, SRHS

Inspired to Be My Best

June 8th, 2018|

“My students and colleagues inspire me to be the best that I can be. I endeavor to do the same for them.”—Dawn Conway, Hillsmere Elementary

The Key to a Successful Year

June 8th, 2018|

"What worked in the classroom today, may not work tomorrow. Therefore, I am continuously seeking new ideas."--Alane Connolly, Shady Side Elementary

What a Perfect Job

June 8th, 2018|

"I love the promise that each new school year brings. I love the smell of a fresh box of crayons. I love seeing the smile on a child’s face when they feel good about themselves."--Josalyn Brown, Crofton Woods Teacher

Creating Meaningful Experiences through German

June 8th, 2018|

"The 21st century demands on students are rigorous, but my classroom is a safe area for students to take risks and to discover that mistakes are simply opportunities for learning."--Katrina Griffin, NCHS

A Committed Educator

June 8th, 2018|

I've had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Brimhall for the past 9 months at Monarch Academy Annapolis. Mrs. Brimhall is an excellent example of a committed and caring educator.

Helping Students Develop a Love of Learning

June 7th, 2018|

"My teaching approach encourages creativity, cultivates independence, and develops an intrinsic sense of wonder [in my students] about themselves, their community and the world around us."--Sharon Mattoon, Solley Elementary Teacher

“You’re Our Biggest Fan”

June 7th, 2018|

" I remember my first grade teacher finding ways to communicate with me, a shy, intimated girl who spoke no English...It is important to me to teach the same way I’ve been taught."--Sunny Deitrick, ELA Teacher, OMHS

Forming Relationships Before Day One

June 7th, 2018|

"It is just as important to have children thrive emotionally as it is for them to achieve academically."--Angela Holmes, Oak Hill Elementary School

Passionate for Learning

June 7th, 2018|

"It is important for students to know that I am invested in them as a person with diverse interests and not just in the classroom."--Bethany Siwajek, Marley Middle School Teacher

My Teaching Philosophy

June 7th, 2018|

"I believe there are outstanding teachers because they are in the line of work for the right reasons."--Kristen Brice, RHL Elementary Teacher

Teaching Like a Doctor

June 7th, 2018|

"I must understand my students, identify concerns, diagnose the areas of difficulty and problem solve for solutions."--Lisa Taltavull, Crofton Middle School Special Education Teacher

Reaching Towards Individualized Growth

June 7th, 2018|

"Teaching is part of who I am, and thank goodness there is still much to learn."--Tonia Haislip, Bates Middle School Teacher

A Shift in Classroom Dynamic

June 7th, 2018|

"I would not be a teacher without them, so the classroom is just as much theirs as it is mine."--Margaret Graham, CBMS Teacher

The Power of Relationships

June 6th, 2018|

"I believe that great teaching begins with forming positive, meaningful relationships with students."--Josh Carroll, SRHS

My Journey to Becoming a Mathematics Resource Teacher

June 5th, 2018|

"In 9th grade I met an Algebra teacher who changed my life goals. She would give up her planning time to sit with me and explain the 'why' of Algebra. This one teacher gave me the hope that I could be an effective Math teacher just like her."--Lori Berry, Woodside Elementary School Math Resource Teacher

Uncovering the Talents in Every Child

June 5th, 2018|

"I’ve learned that to truly get to know a child I must exude behavior that is both collaborative and inclusive with not only the student, but with all key stakeholders in each child’s life."--Stacey Coppock, Folger McKinsey Teacher

Connecting With My Students to Build Better Relationships

June 5th, 2018|

"The more I learn, the better able I am to provide engaging lessons that support them in growing as learners and rise to their fullest potential."--Christina McCall, Deale ES

“Be the beacon that guides students”

June 5th, 2018|

"Receiving an education should inspire and encourage students to strive to be productive members of a community, great citizens, and meaningful contributors of society."--Tori Peddicord, Southern Middle School

Being the Constant for My Students

June 5th, 2018|

"It was and still is my mission that every student can exceed everyone's expectations given the appropriate environment and support so that they can become successful contributing members of society."--Tamara Saxon, MM@JAA Teacher

Creating an Engaging Environment for All Students

June 5th, 2018|

"Classrooms are not quiet. They should be filled with conversation and movement."--Amy Shinn, Central ES Teacher

Whatever it takes to help my students succeed in math

June 5th, 2018|

"If I can give them at least one year where they feel successful in math, then that will carry throughout high school."--Laura Casciato, Central Middle School

Championing the Whole Child

June 5th, 2018|

"Building relationships with my students and their families is at the core of my instructional success. I need to reach the whole child for my students to reach their fullest potential."--Kim Travers, MHES

Teaching with Love

June 5th, 2018|

"My mother was not an educator, however, she was my first teacher. She disciplined with love, and I try to do the same in my classroom."--Linda Ancin, Freetown Elementary

A Partner in My Child’s Education

June 5th, 2018|

Ms. Lum is one of the kindest, patient, but disciplined teachers my children have ever had. She is truly my partner in my Kindergartener’s education...

Keeping parents engaged!

June 5th, 2018|

Mrs. Shorter is my son's teacher for Kindergarten, and she has been a blessing to us. I just wanted to share that Mrs. Shorter has been such a great communicator with the parents.

A teacher who cares, makes a huge difference….

June 5th, 2018|

My bright and curious 3rd grader was feeling burned-out on the demands of school to the extent that he was being turned-off from learning. By December, he was complaining daily of not enough freedom and too much sitting in his seat.