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Christopher Orlando, mathematics teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, was named Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County at the April 15 Champions for Children Gala. Known for making math fun, Orlando teaches AP calculus and higher-level math and is a prime motivator in student success on AP calculus achievement. Lists around his classroom contain growing lists of students who have earned a perfect "5" on the exam. Orlando will now compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year.
Three teachers have won Marian Greenblatt Excellence in Teaching Awards, which recognize teachers for excellence in motivating and educating students. They are now finalists for the Montgomery County Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at the April 15 Champions for Children Gala, hosted by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education. The awards honor former Board of Education president Marian Greenblatt.
Representatives from more than 300 colleges, universities and technical schools will be on hand to speak with high school juniors and their parents during the annual Montgomery County National College Fair April 16 and 17. The free event takes place from 9:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. both days at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg and includes an evening session on April 16 featuring a financial aid workshop beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Elementary schools throughout Montgomery County will be holding orientations beginning April 15 for children who will be starting kindergarten in fall 2008. Parents can register their child, meet the principal and teachers, and learn about the school.
Steve Mikulski, instructional specialist in the Division of Career and Technology Education, is the winner of the Technology Education Leadership Excellence Award, given by the Technology Education Association of Maryland. The honor recognizes efforts to develop and implement technology education in Maryland. Mikulski is a 40-year veteran of Montgomery County Public Schools.
The Student Grades and Graduation Credit Report is coming home with all high school students in grades 9–11 with their report cards on April 15. Students in grade 12 received their reports at the end of the first marking period. The report provides an opportunity for families to review their children’s grades and make sure they are meeting course requirements for graduation.
Board of Education Vice President Shirley Brandman presented testimony at the April 8 public hearing on the FY 2009 Operating Budget. She advocated strongly for the MCPS budget request, noting that the county executive’s recommended $51 million reduction would force the school system to turn back on most of the reforms implemented over the past nine years, impacting students who need the most help.
Sean Kelly, a teacher in the Emotional Disabilities Cluster Program at Clarksburg High School is the winner of this year’s Marian Greenblatt First-Year Teacher Award. Kelly is called a “natural teacher” by staff and parents, someone who celebrates the uniqueness of each student and advocates for them in every way. The award is given in honor of former Board of Education president Marian Greenblatt.