For the past 8 years, I have been able to bring 12 years of authentic cultural experiences into my AACPS classroom.
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.
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.
"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
"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
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.
"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
"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
"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
"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
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 […]
"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
"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
"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 takes time to contact the parents and let them know what their child is doing, be it good or bad."--Laura Blankenship
"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
"Ms. Mueller clearly cares about each of her students, and she goes out of her way to let them know it."--Erin Rick, Parent
"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
"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
“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.
"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
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.
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
“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
"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 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
“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.”
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
“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.”
"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.”
"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.”
"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
"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