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.

One Enthusiastic, Positive and Genuine Teacher

May 21st, 2018|

"My grandson had Ms. Brady for Kindergarten last year and my granddaughter has her this year. They both love her as she makes them feel special no matter what they are doing."--Linda Batts, Grandparent

Students set to showcase their creativity and innovation at Global academic competition

May 21st, 2018|

"Destination Imagination, Inc. is a global, volunteer-led non-profit whose mission is to teach students the creative process and help them gain the 21st century skills needed to succeed in the future workforce, including creative and critical thinking, collaborative problem solving and project management. The only elementary-level team from Anne Arundel County invited to compete in Global Finals and represent Maryland is the Millersville Masterminds, from Millersville Elementary."--Stephanie Ashley, Parent

Skill + Compassion = An Amazing Teacher

May 15th, 2018|

I always love visiting Ryan's class during American Education Week and I always hope to see just a "normal" class (meaning, not anything special because the parents will be there....just a typical lesson.) And I was thrilled I got to see just that today in your classroom. But, let me clarify: What I saw was anything but "normal." It was exceptional.

The Definition of Dedication

May 14th, 2018|

Mr. Stanzione epitomizes what it means to be a dedicated AACPS employee. He gives so generously of his time.

Thank You Mrs. Pillow!

May 10th, 2018|

"On August 7, 2008 I heard the worst words a parent can hear, 'Your son has cancer.' I didn't know which end was up. I reached out to [his teacher] Mrs. Pillow to let her know of Tag's situation. I barely remember our conversation, I cried for most of it, but I do remember her saying, 'Jen, Tag will go to college. I guarantee it.' Those words were so comforting to me."--Jennifer G., Parent

Thankful for Mrs. Nodtvedt’s Positive Communication & Support

January 17th, 2018|

"The one thing that I truly appreciate is that she not only told me when there were problems but let me know if he had had a great day and if he had done something good for another student. In the past I was only contacted if there was a problem. Through Mrs. Nodtvedt's kind and compassionate ways my grandson has come a long way since the beginning of the year."--Beth Lassiter, Grandparent

Our Great School: Arundel Middle

January 17th, 2018|

"Thank you for all you do for our sons. They look forward to school each day."--Kallie Ramey, Parent

Thank You for Inspiring My Son’s Love of Reading!

December 7th, 2017|

"I just wanted to thank Ms. Hoffman for helping my son's love reading!"--Nancy Cahlink-Seidler, Parent

The Most Kind and Caring Guidance Counselor

December 6th, 2017|

"We are relatively new to our area and the newness still hadn't worn off, leaving both my husband and I feeling misunderstood and uncertain about how things were going to go for us with the boys here in Severna Park. I reached out to Ms. Fincher to talk and she responded immediately.... Upon meeting her, her smile immediately made me feel better."--Lara Grossi

Helping Every Child Get a Healthy Meal

December 5th, 2017|

"Southgate's Cafeteria Manager Hannah Newman is one incredible lady and her staff is too. All the kids know Mrs. Hannah, she's more than just a "food service worker," she provides the only meal some of the students get."--Tasha Patterson, Parent

Retired Educator Continues to Spread Joy

December 5th, 2017|

Laura Blankenship

I am an AACPS: Parent | Volunteer, Rippling Woods Elementary School Rippling Woods has went through so many changes in the past 7 years. I want to thank all the staff there for the awesome job. But most importantly […]

Bringing Joy and Happiness Through Music

December 5th, 2017|

"Music brings out the joy and happiness in the heart. Mrs. Kennelly at Waugh Chapel Elementary teaches music to her students with such dedication and patience."--Deanna Mallon, Parent

“Our children wouldn’t be who they are without you!”

November 14th, 2017|

"Point Pleasant has been a great school for my daughter. Everyone from the teachers, to the office staff, Principal, assistant Principal and all the way to the custodial staff has always made me feel welcome!"--Lisa Gauger, Parent

How one amazing teacher has forever impacted my son

June 5th, 2017|

"Perhaps what has impressed me the most about Ms. Mueller is how well she knows each of her students' unique abilities, family situations, skills, interests, and strengths. It is clear she has taken the time to know every student in front of her as an individual and as a result, each of the students in her class feels valued and important."--Kristen Caminiti

Mrs. Sheckells’ Impact–From One Generation to the Next

June 5th, 2017|

"I can't even begin to express my appreciation for Mrs. Sheckells. She taught me over 20 years ago and I was so fortunate to have her teach my three daughters at Shady Side Elementary."--Cathy Gates, Alum & Parent

Heather Lowe: Going above and beyond to help her students

May 9th, 2017|

"Heather Lowe takes time to contact the parents and let them know what their child is doing, be it good or bad."--Laura Blankenship

Our Continued Appreciation for Ms. Tanya

May 5th, 2017|

"Ms. Tanya energizes the students and gets them excited to learn. She gets to know her students and lets them know her not only as a teacher but as a person."--Valerie Frazier, Parent

How A Teacher Continues to Encourage, Years After My Son Left Her Classroom

May 5th, 2017|

"When my son started kindergarten I was worried... I didn't know anything about the teachers at Davidsonville Elementary school and didn't realize how getting the letter saying Mrs. Jones would be his teacher would change his life."--Melissa Wirzburger, Parent

Fostering a Love of Music & Dance

May 3rd, 2017|

"At George Fox Middle School I had the privilege of having a wonderful chorus teacher, Karen Simmons. She was a talented individual who cared about her students."--Susan Coakley, Alum & Parent

The Dedication at Rippling Woods

May 3rd, 2017|

"Rippling Woods Elementary School has so many dedicated teachers who go unappreciated everyday."--Lauren Blackenship, Parent

Expressing My Appreciation for Ms. Mueller, an Excellent Teacher at Nantucket

April 25th, 2017|

"Ms. Mueller clearly cares about each of her students, and she goes out of her way to let them know it."--Erin Rick, Parent

Watching My Daughter Grow in Mrs. Miller’s Classroom

April 25th, 2017|

"Miller has the patience, heart, and firmness that my daughter needs to be not only successful in 5th Grade, but to be prepared for middle school."--Kristin Schrecker, Parent

Forever Grateful for the Support of Ms. Dalgleish

April 25th, 2017|

"All of the teachers at Freetown Elementary are very kind and treat all the students with respect. Ms. Amanda Dalgleish especially helped us through a hard [transition] and I will be forever grateful."--Chrystyna Sullivan, Parent

Nantucket Elementary’s Incredible School Community

March 9th, 2017|

“As a parent of two students that have benefited from the incredibly supportive school community at Nantucket Elementary, I wanted to take a few minutes to recognize the school… Throughout the course of my children's time at Nantucket, I could not have hoped for a better experience for them.“--Jennifer Young, Parent. 

An amazing first impression at Southgate Elementary School

January 13th, 2017|

"We will always look back with gratitude and fondness about our first meeting with the administrative staff who went above and beyond to ensure us that Southgate Elementary was the best choice for our family."-–Linda Hamm

From Annapolis Class of 1982 to Documentary Filmmaker

January 3rd, 2017|

As a new "Guest Performer/Artist" with the Performing and Visual Arts program in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, I look forward to exploring digital storytelling as a way to combine multiple disciplines and enhance learning experiences.

Shlagel Farms: Bringing the Farm to Our Schools

October 3rd, 2016|

Russell Shlagel, owner of Shlagel Farms, began his partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools in the fall of 2015. With over 100 acres in Waldorf, MD, this farm produces fruits and vegetables for the community and Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Pumpkin, butternut squash, peppers and acorn squash are just a few of the AACPS favorites." ~Russell Shlagel, Local Farmer & AACPS Partner

Loving My Role as a Volunteer Coordinator at Windsor Farms

July 27th, 2016|

“Whenever there is an opportunity to help a child, I encourage everyone to give whatever time you may have, to do it. You won't regret making a difference and the reward is the sparkle in their little eyes and the smiles on their faces.” --Lisa Saunders

Finding My Passion through Volunteering

June 13th, 2016|

"My dedication, passion, and love for the children I work with give me happiness that is needed in my life." –Aaron Moon

Thank You Mr. Tayman!

June 10th, 2016|

"Mr. Tayman, through your talent, guidance, and dedication, so many students have developed outstanding skills and furthered their love of music."—Jennifer Ballard

A Teacher’s Dedication

June 10th, 2016|

"Mrs. Janie Lohrmann makes learning exciting and fun for her 5th grade class." --Marva Taylor

The Joy of Grandparents & Senior Friends Day

June 10th, 2016|

"My most rewarding experience comes once a year on Grandparent's/Senior Friends Day. What makes this event so rewarding is the pure joy of the grandparent's/senior friends to be able to interact with their grandchildren."—Delilah Schroeder

Fifer Orchards: Growing Local Produce for Anne Arundel County Public Schools

June 10th, 2016|

"Fifer Orchards is a 4th generation farm located in Wyoming, DE. We have had the pleasure to grow local produce for Anne Arundel County Public Schools for several years." —Curt Fifer

A Wonderful Teacher & Role Model

June 10th, 2016|

"Mrs. Dronberger, at Broadneck High School is the most organized teacher I have ever encountered in my 18 years’ experience as a parent."--Roberta Wentworth

“Lanay Byers impact on the lives of these students was not measured in grades, but by the compassion and encouragement she offered to these children.”

May 2nd, 2016|

"Lanay Byers, Retired Teacher Her impact on the lives of these students was not measured in grades, but by the compassion and encouragement she offered to these children...Although my son grew up and moved through middle school and high school within AACPS, he never forgot Mrs. Byers and would always stop at Richard Henry Lee during the Christmas holiday with a small gift to let her know she was often in his thoughts."--Candy Fontz

A Child’s Education is a Contact Team Sport and Needs the Support of Parent Volunteers

April 1st, 2016|

"My story is simple. It is one of love and commitment. I am committed to making a difference in the lives of my children, their friends, their teachers, and our environment through volunteering. Even if all I have to give my student’s school is a little love and two hours of commitment per month, I know that I am doing something." --LaToya Staten

“You are an artist and you will never be happy until you pursue life as an artist.”

April 1st, 2016|

"In my first year as a student at Brooklyn Park Jr. Sr. High School I met Hal Gomer, a visual art teacher and the after school theatre director... Because of his influence, I began to recognize that I related to the world in ways that were different from other people and that, for the first time, my way of relating felt accepted." --Ken Skrzesz

Partnering with the Schools is a Home Run

March 21st, 2016|

"After working in my past position with the Frederick Keys and having a relationship with Frederick County Public Schools, it has been a pleasure working with those involved in business partnership within Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) upon my start with the Bowie Baysox in 2014." --Adam Pohl

Making math fun!

March 1st, 2016|

"My daughte, Lily, like many children, didn't equate math as her favorite subject. She's an excellent student but has struggled to the point of tears with math for many years. This year she has had the incredible opportunity to be placed in Mrs. Kimberly Baillieul's math class. Mrs. Baillieul has not only transformed my Lily to now love math, she has empowered Lily and made math fun." --Lisa Saunders

“My daughter is one of the many children that has benefited from the special education programs that AACPS offers.”

February 29th, 2016|

"My daughter is one of the many children that has benefited from the special education programs that AACPS offers." --Chris Van Valkenburgh

Technology in Action

January 26th, 2016|

"Me: "Time for your spelling pre-test." Son: "I don't have my list. Oh, wait, Mr. Witmer put it on OneDrive. Just a second Mom."" --Jessica Tickle

“How prepared students are for college or careers depends on what they get from the school system, and we want to be a part of that.”

January 17th, 2016|

"As a credit union focused on helping members of the educational community achieve their financial dreams, the fundamental belief in the power and importance of giving back is at the core of everything the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union does. Throughout Maryland, this organization works with seven different public school systems and three community colleges to support education at all levels." --Vic Samuels

“Students crave relevance to the academics that they are learning. Community members bring that relevance by sharing their personal and professional experiences with the students.”

January 15th, 2016|

"My passion is with the Signature Programs in the high schools. These themed programs engage students in real world experiences, teaching them soft skills that are not always part of the standard curriculum." --Bruce Morgenstern

“Most importantly he desires to foster the STEM spirit in young people, especially when it comes to electronics.”

January 11th, 2016|

"Over the course of the last two school years, Mr. Jim Windgassen, Fellow Engineer from the Northrop Grumman Underseas Systems Division, Annapolis, MD has made engineering a reality for over 125 middle school students at Old Mill Middle South. Not only did he dedicate his time and expertise, he donated materials, secured a substantial grant, sought out donations, and oversaw the implementation of each of these builds." --Jim Windgassen

“What we’re really doing is growing a community…that says education is important to us”

January 10th, 2016|

"No matter whether we're a private individual, private organization, or civic organization, we have a responsibility to be good citizens and do what we can to make sure the next generation grows up and is successful." --Joe Van Deuren

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