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The “Faces of AACPS” campaign celebrates the people who make Anne Arundel County Public Schools awesome. Since the beginning of 2016, current and past members of our school community have been telling us about a person, opportunity, or experience in AACPS that has had a positive impact in their life. Start reading their stories now!

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Every day, we have the privilege to teach an incredible group of students. Click here to read stories from our amazing students.

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Even when our students graduate, they remember the impact that our schools and teachers had on them. Click here to read stories from our alumni.

Past & Present Employees

From teachers and counselors, to custodians and bus drivers, the success of our students is dependent on the dedication of our employees. Click here to read stories from our past & present employees.

Members of Our Community

From parents to volunteers to business partnerships, our schools are supported every day by our community. Click here to read stories from our community.

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How My Music Teacher Has Helped Me

"In fourth grade, I decided to start playing the saxophone. My teacher was Mrs. Emily James, and she was a fantastic teacher."--Nicholas, Grade 8

Building Self-Confidence in Tyler Heights’ S.E.L.F Program

"In the fifth grade, my school Tyler Heights had a program called S.E.L.F which still continues now. This program helps young girls to gain determination, and self-confidence. I learned a lot from that program, and go there almost every Friday to see the new S.E.L.F girls."--Ariyanna

Using Community Building Circles to Strengthen our School Community

"[Community building circles are] now part of our morning routine and our staff looks forward to giving 'shout outs,' learning about new students coming to our school, and having courageous conversations!"--Tiffany Stewart Kline, Assistant Principal, Mary Moss @ J. Albert Adams

An Overdue Thank You to the Teachers at Hillsmere Elementary

"How long has it been, since I left Hillsmere Elementary School? I am not really too sure of the names of my classmates, but I know three teachers who, played a fantastic roll in my development and interest in self-improvement that has followed me to this day."--Tracy Lee

The Five Restorative Questions in Action!

"Restorative Questions provide a framework that helps adults as they guide students through a reflection of their actions, what harm they caused, and how they can repair that harm. This helps them be part of creating an honorable pathway back to the classroom – and to learning!"--Kathy Rockefeller

Nantucket Elementary’s Incredible School Community

“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. 

From Annapolis Class of 1982 to Documentary Filmmaker

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.

Finding My Passion through Volunteering

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

From Student to Employee—A Wonderful Experience in Crofton

"It has been a wonderful experience to be at Crofton Woods, the families have been wonderful to work with and it has been my pleasure to now have the children of past students enrolling at Crofton Woods." --Nila Brown

“I’ve had so many incredible experiences, met amazing people and learned so much not only about the places around me, but about myself.”

"My experience with Arundel's signature program and how the opportunities they gave me led me to where I am today!" --Abby Piegols

From Annapolis Class of 1982 to Documentary Filmmaker

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.

Loving My Role as a Volunteer Coordinator at Windsor Farms

“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

A Wonderful Teacher & Role Model

"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

Making math fun!

"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

“My road to teaching has been a family affair.”

After 25 years in the classroom my father transitioned into another position within the board of education as an Internship Coach. I decided to apply for the Automotive Refinishing Instructor position that my father held for the past 25 years. As a family we were very excited that I was selected for the position… I don’t think I’d be happy doing anything else. You have to find passion in what you do, and I feel that passion. I enjoy going to work every day. There are always going to be problems in any career you choose, but you have to find the joy in it. If there is no joy, there’s no point.

Volunteering to Help Students Connect Through Foreign Language

“Nothing brings me more joy than our youth connecting with each other, especially in foreign languages.”--Alexandra, Grade 12

Connecting with students through friendship and sports

"For me it’s not all about winning...but it is about having fun. We do have fun because at the end--we are all winners. We are there to teach children sportsmanship and to be competitive and not take it too far. At the end we want them to be the best they can be. In athletics you meet the child that wants to be there and learn something new, usually they are good all-around students." --Nancy Czach

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

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

“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

Recognizing Ms. Kerst

"Elizabeth Kerst, third grade teacher at Oakwood Elementary School was selected to be filmed teaching an Explicit Comprehension lesson....The Reading Office couldn’t have selected a better teacher." --Donna Usewick, Principal

The Students Vote: The Principal is Kind

"Our Student Government Association sponsors a quarterly award where students in grades 1-5 can vote for the Sunshine Award, which recognizes a staff member who is excellent, caring, and supportive of the students...the votes for [Principal] Mr. Gordon show the students think he is kind and supportive."--Barbara Holcomb, School Counselor

Mark Chang, Glen Burnie High School, Class of 1994

Mark Chang always had a heart for public service. With the support and encouragement of his teachers and classmates, Mark found his niche in Glen Burnie High School’s Student Government Association. Now, as a Maryland Delegate for District 32, Mark is able to continue following his passion for giving back to the community that gave so much to him.

My Favorite Teacher: Ms. Tanya

"Ms. Tanya, thank you for being the person you are. You have opened up your heart and soul to do what you need to do and love to do and I just want to return the love."—Maxwell, Grade 5

“When I stop to look back, I realize that one constant in my life has been Anne Arundel County Public Schools.”

"My connection to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) and Glen Burnie High School (GBHS) extends back nine decades to the first graduating class of GBHS. " --Mary Huey

“My road to teaching has been a family affair.”

After 25 years in the classroom my father transitioned into another position within the board of education as an Internship Coach. I decided to apply for the Automotive Refinishing Instructor position that my father held for the past 25 years. As a family we were very excited that I was selected for the position… I don’t think I’d be happy doing anything else. You have to find passion in what you do, and I feel that passion. I enjoy going to work every day. There are always going to be problems in any career you choose, but you have to find the joy in it. If there is no joy, there’s no point.

A Teacher’s Dedication

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

Equity Liaison–The Job I Was Born To Do

"I absolutely love my role as an Equity Liaison. It allows me to live my passion... My hope is to spread my love for education and for impacting the lives of children, to individuals who also have similar passions." --Mabel Stoll

“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

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

"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

“My road to teaching has been a family affair.”

After 25 years in the classroom my father transitioned into another position within the board of education as an Internship Coach. I decided to apply for the Automotive Refinishing Instructor position that my father held for the past 25 years. As a family we were very excited that I was selected for the position… I don’t think I’d be happy doing anything else. You have to find passion in what you do, and I feel that passion. I enjoy going to work every day. There are always going to be problems in any career you choose, but you have to find the joy in it. If there is no joy, there’s no point.

Finding a Path to College through AVID and the Gates Millennium Scholarship

"As a junior in high school, the thought of college was an overwhelming and stressful one. With my teacher’s guidance through the AVID program, my questions were answered and I began to develop a plan. As senior year rolled around, I had a plan, but no financial means of achieving it. My teachers encouraged me to apply for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. When I received the decision email from Gates a few months later I scrolled down cautiously, only to see, "Congratulations!" and my life has forever been changed. " --Cierra Carter

Learning to Love Politics in Mr. Sullivan’s Classroom

"Maryland's best-kept secret is that the best teachers in the world are at North County High School. One teacher for me stands out in particular. Mr. Dennis Sullivan, or "Sully," taught my AP U.S. Government, STEM Policy, and AP Human Geography courses and was also my (one-time) lacrosse coach. Sullivan has many strengths as a teacher, but by far his best attribute is his ability to get students excited about politics."--Christopher Frye, NCHS 2012 Graduate

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

"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

“I believe [the STEM Program] has opened doors and granted me so much preparation for the years to come.”

"Looking into the next couple years, I hope to be studying nursing at a university. STEM has prepared me to do so, giving me connections and opportunities that I won’t ever forget." --Amanda

“My road to teaching has been a family affair.”

After 25 years in the classroom my father transitioned into another position within the board of education as an Internship Coach. I decided to apply for the Automotive Refinishing Instructor position that my father held for the past 25 years. As a family we were very excited that I was selected for the position… I don’t think I’d be happy doing anything else. You have to find passion in what you do, and I feel that passion. I enjoy going to work every day. There are always going to be problems in any career you choose, but you have to find the joy in it. If there is no joy, there’s no point.

“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

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

"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

An amazing first impression at Southgate Elementary School

"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

“My road to teaching has been a family affair.”

After 25 years in the classroom my father transitioned into another position within the board of education as an Internship Coach. I decided to apply for the Automotive Refinishing Instructor position that my father held for the past 25 years. As a family we were very excited that I was selected for the position… I don’t think I’d be happy doing anything else. You have to find passion in what you do, and I feel that passion. I enjoy going to work every day. There are always going to be problems in any career you choose, but you have to find the joy in it. If there is no joy, there’s no point.

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

"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

“My third grade teacher is awesome–that’s saying a lot because I’ve had some great teachers in my almost four years of school.”

"Miss B is super smart and she makes me feel super smart, too. We get to invent things in science all of the time. And my math skills - fractions, multiplication, division, word problems - have gotten so much better." --Dixon, Grade 3

“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

The Joy of Grandparents & Senior Friends Day

"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

“This life changing experience has been one that has not only shaped our lives, but has given us the opportunity to make a difference in our community.”

"We began this project after seeing our friends, neighbors, and colleagues, who were excelling in rigorous course loads and overflowing extracurricular schedules, were not thinking at all about their finances. They spent recklessly, didn't save, lacked a basic understanding of how the economy around them worked, and were altogether unprepared for life after high school..." --Taylor Berger, Annie Myers, Charlotte Sundel

“Evelyn Foutty was a force of nature at Benfield Elementary”

"Evelyn Foutty was a force of nature at Benfield Elementary School in the 70s." --Mary Claire Chesshire

“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

“Mr. Collins sparked a passion to teach and made me think in ways I did not know I could.”

"As I look back on why I am the teacher I am today, I think of one man who truly was an inspiration to all who walked through the doors of Chesapeake High School. His impact on me and who I became is something I am eternally grateful for and something I will never forget." --Jennie Merrill

“There was no single teacher who inspired me to achieve my greatness, it was a culmination of the dedication and pride many had in uncovering my hidden potential”

"Author Georges Bernanos said, “It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.” He’s right. 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

My Incredible Experience in Robotics

"My robotics team 1111 (the Power Hawks) and the FIRST organization have provided me with so many skills and experiences that have changed who I am today. I joined the team last year, for the 2015-2016 season, and it was honestly one of, if not the greatest year of my life." -- Shannon, Grade 12

Thank You Mr. Tayman!

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

Grateful for my Amazing Teachers

"Through the past couple years, I have had great teachers at Central Elementary, Central Middle, and South River High Schools." --Ian, Grade 11

“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

“There was no single teacher who inspired me to achieve my greatness, it was a culmination of the dedication and pride many had in uncovering my hidden potential”

"Author Georges Bernanos said, “It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.” He’s right. 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

From Coaching to Administration–How Principals are Made

“A pertinent question to ask during this month where we recognize administrators is what experience prepared you for the challenges of the position? Of course the numerous workshops, books/articles read and years worked in the classroom helped. But in my particular case, my many years coaching on the sideline provided me with incredible advantages that translated to the skills I would need as an administrator.”—Kevin Buckley, Principal

Inspiring Students through the Media Center

"Our current media specialist, Cynthia Bischoff, joined our school only a year ago, but she has made a great impact on our students." --Cindy Holsworth on Cynthia Bischoff

Technology in Action

"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.”

"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

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