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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“The Mills-Parole Way”

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.

Inspired to Be My Best

“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

A Committed Educator

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.

Reaching Towards Individualized Growth

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

Being the Constant for My Students

"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

Encouraging Literacy By Sharing Stories

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

Paying Teaching Forward

"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

Teaching Like a Doctor

"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

Keeping parents engaged!

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.

Skill + Compassion = An Amazing Teacher

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 Mills-Parole Way”

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.

Improving classrooms through teamwork and personal connections.

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

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

"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

“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

Reflecting on my Honorable Profession

“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

Get Ready to Read!

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.

Child-Centered Learning

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

A Shift in Classroom Dynamic

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

My Journey from Culinary Student to Culinary Teacher

"Of course, I want my students to learn the culinary knowledge and skills...Most importantly though...I want them to value the importance of professional growth, collaboration, and teamwork in all industries."--Pam Klink, CAT-North Teacher

A Teacher that Made a Huge Impact on my Life

Mrs. Tami Beyer is most definitely one of the reasons I am where I am today. Through tough decisions to take advanced classes, to struggling through a rough week, all the way to college decisions, Mrs. Beyer supported me every step of the way.

Educating Students About The Bay

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.

Passionate for Learning

"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 Journey to Becoming a Mathematics Resource Teacher

"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

Teaching with Love

"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

Empowering a Community of Learners

"Students will remember science because of how I made them feel and the excitement they felt as they learned some really cool science."--Kathleen Soares, Corkran Middle School Teacher

Bringing Authentic Cultural Experience To The Classroom

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

Tutoring with the NSA

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.

Connections that Matter

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

Championing the Whole Child

"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

First Day of School Moves

First day of 5th grade!

Get Ready to Read!

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.

Creating Meaningful Experiences through German

"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 Partner in My Child’s Education

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...

Wayne Shipley, Arundel High School, Class of 1962

Wayne’s lifelong love of the performing arts began on a high school dare. But over the course of his 30+ years as an English teacher in Anne Arundel County and, later, as an independent filmmaker, Wayne has shared his passion for literature and the arts to help his students—in and out of the classroom—find and follow their own visions for the future.

“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.

Starting The Adventure in Reading!

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

A Legacy of Teachers

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

Helping Students Develop a Love of Learning

"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

Giving Back with Help from My Guidance Counselor

My Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Lewis, takes time to help everyone with their needs. Even though she is extremely busy she will do anything you need. Like recently I wanted to open a club to help others that are less fortunate in the community and now our club, the Human Relations Committee, consists of 17 members in the group.

Coming Home to Serve the School System that Served Me

"Upon graduation from Frostburg State University, I only applied to teach in one county. I was determined to come home to teach and didn't want to work in any other district. My experience in AACPS was a good one and I wanted to share that with other students."--Dot Arida, AACPS Coordinator of Academic Support

Reinforcing Environmental Lessons

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!

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

“You’re Our Biggest Fan”

" 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

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

"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

Helping Every Child Get a Healthy Meal

"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

Educating Students About The Bay

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.

My Journey with AACPS

“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

Teaching is My Purpose

"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

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

Forming Relationships Before Day One

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

Encouraging Literacy By Sharing Stories

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

Inspired to Achieve Greatness

"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

What a Perfect Job

"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

The Power of Relationships

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

Creating an Engaging Environment for All Students

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

Tutoring with the NSA

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.

My students’ home away from home

"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

Inspired to Achieve Greatness

"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

The Key to a Successful Year

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

Connecting With My Students to Build Better Relationships

"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

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