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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.
Fuller has quickly established herself as a leader in teaching kindergarten, and is one of a handful of teachers piloting the Early Childhood Demonstration Teacher Initiative.
Bowman’s unwavering passion for music instruction has spread to the entire school community, where almost every student is involved in a music class – an almost unheard of participation rate.
Burleigh Manor Middle School’s Jacquie Sica “provides a safe space for all students. The kids respond to her practices in the health classroom, which leads to good relationships and a general comfort level.
Atholton High School mathematics teacher and varsity baseball coach Jon Dupski played baseball as a student at Centennial High School. He enjoys instilling baseball’s life lessons, such as goal setting and teamwork, in his players.
Folly Quarter Middle School’s Jennifer Speace “embodies the idea that teaching is not what you do, it’s who you are. She has a quiet power about her. It’s the value she sees in her students as individual people,” said Michele Doyle-Wetzelberger, Folly Quarter assistant principal.
Phelps Luck Elementary School music teacher Helen Yi applies one of her favorite mottos, “appreciate all styles,” to both music and people.
Victoria Castleman, an HCPSS alumna and registered nurse, helps students explore the health field as a potential career option through the Academy of Health Professions at the Applications and Research Laboratory.
Quinn has made a name for herself as a go-to staff member and is described as the “rock” of Long Reach High School’s Student Services office.