A world-class educational system fully leverages the talent, energy and creativity of highly engaged staff. Staff engagement is a prerequisite to student engagement so we foster a culture that brings out the best in our employees.
International Achievement Liaison, Ellicott Mills and Dunloggin Middle Schools Sung Kim approaches his art and helping students and families acclimate to a new environment with care and respect.
For violinist Elizabeth Pak, teaching young students to blossom as musicians is a dream come true. Pak leads the orchestras and string ensembles at Glenwood Middle School and Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, where she encourages her students to discover the fun in music, express themselves, relieve stress and be the best musicians they can be.
Hammond Middle School Media Specialist Lora Koehler is most driven by encouraging collaboration and providing access.
Cafeteria Manager Judi Schneider is called the “lunch teacher” at her school, Hollifield Station. She works to make sure the students are healthy and strong, so they can succeed in school and life.
School psychologist Dr. Nicole Meshbesher can list a multitude of reasons why she loves her job: the variety, the collaborative problem solving, and the opportunities to make a schoolwide impact and learn from her colleagues and students.
Gilbert is at the center of supporting Interim Superintendent Michael J. Martirano’s equity-focused vision by serving on the superintendent’s cabinet, and overseeing the implementation and coordination of systemwide initiatives on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Fines’ dedication to her students comes from a place of warmth: “I instruct them, motivate them and encourage them to find their success.”
Lee realized his calling was to help students and families in need. Now he is out front removing barriers, so student can come ready to succeed in classrooms.
Dr. Michael Martirano returned to the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) in May as acting superintendent, and was recently named interim superintendent. A former HCPSS parent and director of school administration, Martirano looks forward to “getting back to the root of what I do–working with kids–at a place I love.”
Merson, a lifetime Howard County resident and alumnus, has worked in HCPSS for 24 years. As carpenter supervisor, he and his team ensure every school’s learning environment is at its best.