June 21 Celebration Set for Larry Bowers Retirement
A retirement celebration for Interim Superintendent Larry A. Bowers will be held from 6–9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. More details will be available soon.
Retirement celebrations are also being held for—
Barbara Boland, administrative secretary at Farmland Elementary School, after 21 years of service to MCPS. Her celebration will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at Normandie Farm, 10710 Falls Road in Potomac. The cost is $50 for brunch and gift. Send payment to Annie Moore at Farmland, 7000 Old Gate Road, Rockville MD 20852. RSVP by May 20 to Moore at 301-230-5919.
David Cline, fifth grade teacher at Cloverly Elementary School, who is retiring after 40 years of service to MCPS. His celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at Seasons 52, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The cost is $50, which covers appetizers, dinner, dessert and gift. Send payment to Jennifer Grey at Cloverly Elementary, 800 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905. RSVP by May 20 to Jennifer Grey.
Felicia Piacente, director of the Division of Prekindergarten, Special Programs and Related Services. A retirement celebration is being held from 5:30–8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at the Inn at Brookeville Farms, 19501 Georgia Avenue in Brookeville, MD. The cost is $45 for buffet dinner and music. Please send payment by May 13 to Stacy Robinson, Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr., Room 234, Rockville, MD 20850.
Glenallan Elementary Principal Wins Mark Mann Award
Peter Moran, principal of Glenallan Elementary School, is this year’s winner of the Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award.
The award is presented annually to an MCPS administrator who has shown exceptional performance in promoting academic excellence, positive human relations and community outreach. Interim superintendent Larry Bowers presented the award to Moran at the April 20 meeting of MCPS administrators and supervisors.
Moran is a strong believer in relationships, and works to do whatever it takes to help every student reach his or her full potential. He knows the names of all of his students, and invites new students in to have lunch with him and their classmates so they can get to know each other.
He often rides the bus to and from school to enhance relationships with students and parents. He greets students by name as they arrive at school, and during recess, he sometimes shoots hoops with students. He conducts home visits on a regular basis. To make sure he hears student concerns and ideas, he formed a Student Voice Team that he meets with monthly. He established a partnership with Action in Montgomery (AIM), which advocates for a free after-school program for families in need of after-school care.
Moran works to create opportunities and uses resources creatively to meet the needs of students. He developed and runs a weekly program called Gator Guys, which teaches leadership skills and good character to 4th and 5th grade boys, many of whom are considered at-risk. He used staffing allocations and grant funds to create a STEM Academy, which increases exposure to science and engineering, and includes a college initiative that allows students to visit the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He established a partnership with Code.org, creating a STEM summer school program.
Moran is working toward his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in entrepreneurial leadership in education focusing on eliminating the achievement gap.
Board Approves Nine Appointments
At its business meeting on April 19, the Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments:
- Jonathan T. Brice, associate superintendent, Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement
- Lancellotti (Lance) Dempsey, associate superintendent, Office of Human Resources and Development
- Henry R. Johnson, Jr., chief of staff, Office of the Superintendent of Schools
- Janet S. Wilson, associate superintendent, Office of Shared Accountability
- Dana E. Davison, director, Department of Certification and Staffing, Office of Human Resources and Development
- Nicola Diamond, chief strategy officer, Office of the Chief Operating Officer
- Jeffrey M. Martinez, consulting principal, Office of Human Resources and Development
- Sarah E. Sirgo, director of school support and improvement of elementary schools, Office of School Support and Improvement
- Joel A. Gallihue, director, Division of Long-range Planning, Department of Facilities Management
Laura D. Chiochankitmun, transportation time and attendance assistant at the Shady Grove South Transportation Administration, died on April 1. She had been with MCPS for more than 23 years.
Nelson McLeod, II, former principal of Newport Mill Middle School (2001–2008) and Richard Montgomery High School (2008–2014), died on April 1. McLeod retired from MCPS in 2014 after 24 years with the system.
Thomas R. Thoma, plant equipment operator I at Herbert Hoover Middle School, died on March 9. He had more than 13 years of service with MCPS.