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Friends of Education Award

The Friends of Education Award was established by the Board of Education to recognize and show appreciation to those who have made exemplary contributions to Howard County public education and to increase awareness of the importance of community involvement to the achievement of the school system’s Strategic Call to Action plan. Any Howard County resident or non-profit group, organization, association, or business located in or serving Howard County who has not already been a recipient, may be nominated for the award.

Friends of Education Award

Who Does the Award Recognize?

The Friends of Education Award recognizes an individual, business, or non-profit group, organization, or association for an innovative or unique contribution that:


The nomination period for the 2020 Friends of Education Award has closed. Nominees and recipients will be notified by March 23. Awards will be presented at the April 16 Board of Education meeting.

2019 Award Recipient

Ms. Debbie Engle

Ms. Engle is an advocate for the achievement and well-being of all HCPSS students, having volunteered with the school system for more than 15 years. She helped develop the PALs preschool program for children with disabilities, and she has devoted much of her time to policy committees, the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee, the Operating Budget Review Committee and more. Read more→

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Ms. Engle receiving her award from Board of Education Chair Mavis Ellis and Deputy Superintendent Karalee Turner-Little