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Recognition for Top Employees

Alan Goodwin, principal at Walt Whitman High School, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the University of Maryland, College of Education Outstanding Leader Award. The award was presented on behalf of the Alumni Association.

Broad Acres Elementary School counselor Fernando Moreno and media specialist Eric Henderson presented “Chess and Character” at the Second Koltanowski International Conference on Chess and Education held in November in Dallas, Texas. Moreno explained how he uses chess as a metaphor for life in his counseling program while Henderson reviewed the transformation of the school’s chess program from a recess activity into a multifaceted program that has become an integral part of the school’s culture.


Elizabeth Cooper-Martin (l) and Andrea Christman with commendation for MCPS library media program

Elizabeth Cooper-Martin, evaluation specialist in the Office of Shared Accountability, recently received a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association of School Librarians for her evaluation report, Outcome Evaluation of the Library Media Program on Information Literacy Skills. The study focused on the role of library media specialists as teachers who deliver the curriculum on information literacy skills. Cooper-Martin received the commendation at the Maryland Association of School Librarians Conference in October in Ocean City. She was accompanied by Andrea Christman, supervisor of School Library Media Programs.

Inger Swimpson, director of the Department of Certification and Continuing Education, and Kim Bishop, lead professional growth consultant, Office of Human Resources, presented a professional development session: Practice what You Preach:  Using Critical Race Theory to Examine Policy and Practice, at the October Summit for Courageous Conversation. The presentation focused on how MCPS uses the tenets of Critical Race Theory to engage staff in professional development experiences that question the racial status quo and begin to transform educational practices. 


Last Updated: 12/5/2011