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Glenwood Middle School Assistant Principal Wins State Award

Posted: October 5th, 2017

Glenwood Middle School Principal Robert Motley, Glenwood Middle School Assistant Principal Debra O’Byrne, and Interim Superintendent Michael J. Martirano

Glenwood Middle School Assistant Principal Debra O’Byrne has been named the 2018 Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). Interim Superintendent Michael J. Martirano and MASSP Executive Director Scott Pfeifer surprised O’Byrne with the announcement at her school on Thursday, October 5.

O’Byrne will be formally recognized on October 17 during MASSP’s Assistant Principals Conference, and becomes Maryland’s nominee for the national award, which will be announced in spring 2018.

MASSP Executive Director Scott Pfeifer surprised O’Byrne with flowers and balloons

Her nomination portrays a student-centered educator who helps students feel valued, and encourages both students and teachers to take leadership roles. She has been a champion for the use of restorative practices, which helps students learn constructive ways to resolve conflicts and overcome challenges.

Glenwood Middle School staff celebrate Ms. O'Byrne's award.

O’Byrne has been an educator with the Howard County Public School System for 25 years, including previous roles as fifth grade teacher, middle school science teacher, and assistant principal at Mount View and Ellicott Mills middle schools. She has served as assistant principal at Glenwood Middle School since 2010.