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Release Date: 10/1/2019
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22 National and State Honors for BCPS since July 1

Including newest National Blue Ribbon School and continued financial excellence

TOWSON, MD. – Baltimore County Public Schools earned 22 national and statewide honors during the first quarter of the fiscal year, including another National Blue Ribbon and two systemwide awards for financial excellence.

Pinewood Elementary was named the 22nd National Blue Ribbon School in BCPS by the U.S. Department of Education, in the category of high achieving school.

BCPS celebrated 15 consecutive years of earning the Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) award from the National Procurement Institute, Inc., and 23 consecutive years of earning the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

Students, staff, and schools also distinguished themselves at the state and national levels, as indicated below.

Student Honors


Staff Honors
  • The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) named Jeremy Carlino (mathematics department chair, Western Tech) as one of six finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
  • AVID Center identified Sandra G. Reid (principal, Pikesville High) as an outstanding principal and invited her to serve on its AVID Principals’ Network.
  • Mary Boswell-McComas (chief academic officer) was a panelist at the national 15th annual School Library Journal Leadership Summit.
  • The National Association of State Boards of Education named Michelle St. Pierre (social studies department chair and magnet coordinator, Loch Raven Technical Academy) as one of four national Civic Engagement Champions for her work promoting civics education and active citizenship.
  • Christal Higgins (health teacher, Pikesville High) was selected by MSDE to receive a scholarship to the SHAPE Maryland Convention. (SHAPE stands for the Society of Health and Physical Educators.)
  • Allison Robinson (teacher, Perry Hall High) was named a 2019 American Geographical Society Teacher Fellow, which offers a one-year professional development opportunity.
  • Ian Chisholm (consulting teacher) was inducted into the United States Kuo Shu Hall of Fame.
  • Bryan Price (music teacher, Sparks Elementary) and Steve Bruso (physical education teacher, Fifth District), and Mark DiPaula (Grade 5 teacher, Fifth District Elementary) secured a Fund for Teachers Fellowship grant to spend two weeks in India.
  • The National Art Education Association selected Rachel Valsing (visual arts department chair, Towson High) as its Monthly Mentor for July.

School Honors
  • The Project Lead the Way engineering programs at Parkville, Pikesville, and Woodlawn high schools retained their full certification status from MSDE for the next five years.
  • Stemmers Run Middle School became the first Baltimore County public school authorized by the International Baccalaureate as an IB World School for the Middle Years Programme.

The school library at Catonsville Middle was highlighted during the national 15th annual School Library Journal Leadership Summit.

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