Linda Adams, supervisor of fine arts, has been awarded the 2018 Jay Tucker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education at the Maryland Fine Arts Education Conference. The honor was given by the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance.
The Jay Tucker Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to arts and exceptional leadership, which have influenced arts education in the schools. The winner is selected based on visionary leadership, exceptional contributions and dedication to arts education in Maryland. She has never lost sight of the magic and inspiration that the arts can bring to a child’s life.
Adams is in her 30th year with MCPS. She oversees the dance, music, theatre and visual arts programs with more than 750 teachers and three staff members. Prior to this, she taught elementary, middle and high school art. She has been a team leader, staff development teacher, department chair, resource teacher, project manager for the New Teacher Induction Program, and staffer for the Office of Human Resources and Development, as well as an adjunct professor at Hood College.
In 2015, this award was renamed in honor of Jay Tucker, the former Coordinator of Fine Arts at the Maryland State Department of Education, to honor his legacy and the lasting impact of his contributions to arts education in Maryland.
Board Approves Seven Administrative Appointments
The Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments at its June 12 business meeting:
- Randy J. J. Rumpf, Supervisor, Pre-K–12 Fine Arts, Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs
- Michelle L. Fortune, Principal, Benjamin Banneker Middle School
- Shauna-Kay J. Jorandby, Principal, Sligo Middle School
- Stephanie S. Sheron, Principal, Briggs Chaney Middle School
- Amy J. Alonso, Principal, Washington Grove Elementary School
- Michael D. Bayewitz, Principal, Cloverly Elementary School
- Carrie L. Zimmerman, Principal, Greenwood Elementary School
MCPS TV Wins Five National Telly Awards
MCPS Television has won five national Telly awards for its broadcasts. The Telly Awards are the premier award honoring film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs from around the world. Winners are recognized with Silver and Bronze awards.
MCPS received Silver Telly awards for its broadcasts:
- Chess and Social Emotional Learning (Non Broadcast/Informational Category)
- MCPS Elementary School Report Card Changes (Online Set Design Category)
The district also received three Bronze Telly awards for these broadcasts:
- Glenstone–A Place of Discovery (Promotional Video/Non-Profit Category)
- Champions for Children, 2017 Cristina Carbonell (TV/Individual Documentary Category)
- Sports Insight MCPS School Mascots (Online Sports Category)
A retirement celebration will be held for Teresa Wright from 5:30–8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd. in Gaithersburg. The cost to attend is $25 for hors d’ouevres, desserts and beverages. Make checks payable to Gaithersburg High School Foundation and send them by mail or pony to Patricia Donner, Gaithersburg High School, 100 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. A portion of the funds will go to the Teresa Wright Scholarship Fund for Latino students at Montgomery College. If you cannot attend or wish to make an additional donation to the fund, visit the website, or make checks payable to Teresa Wright Scholarship Fund, Montgomery College Foundation, 9221 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD, 20850.
RSVP to Patricia Donner by June 19.