Rock Creek Valley ES Principal Wins Mark Mann Award

8/22/2011 Rock Creek Valley ES Principal Wins Mark Mann Award


Superintendent Joshua Starr and Ellen Mann Karch present this year's Mark Mann Award to Catherine Jasperse, principal at Rock Creek Valley Elementary School.

Catherine Jasperse, principal of Rock Creek Valley Elementary School, is this year’s winner of the Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award. MCPS gives the award annually to an administrator who has shown an exceptional ability to encourage academic excellence, positive relationships and strong community outreach.

Superintendent Joshua Starr presented the award at the Aug. 18 meeting of MCPS administrators and supervisors.

Staff and parents who nominated Jasperse for the award praised her as a leader with a clear vision and direction, who has developed a culture of “community.” She attends all school functions and supports PTA initiatives. She is committed to increasing Hispanic parent involvement and has conducted evening outreach meetings with interpreters so parents can be more involved in their children’s educations.

Under her leadership, there has been notable improvement in scores on the Maryland School Assessment. In 2003, the percent of Limited English Proficient students who scored proficient in reading was 9.5; by 2010, that number soared to 78.6 percent. Special education and Hispanic students also have shown marked improvement since 2003.

For the past six years, she has organized a fundraiser to pay for the school’s own summer school program. She was instrumental in Rock Creek Valley being named a Maryland Green School. She supported staff in their efforts to create a Science Lab, helping them acquire grant money for lessons.

Jasperse was appointed principal of Rock Creek Valley in 2003. She began her career in 1984 as an ED (Emotionally Disabled) teacher at Westbrook Elementary School.

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