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Marcia BarenBregge

Former PTA President/Spec. Ed. Paraprofessional

Marlton Elementary School

Prince George's County Public Schools

Nominated by Aurora Reed, Reading Teacher


- Marcia BarenBregge recently won the Prince George’s County Public Schools Outstanding Supporting Personnel Award.  In 1999, Ms. BarenBregge’s last of three children graduated from the school, but she stayed on.  During those 17 years she has volunteered weekly in the classroom and served as the PTA president. In 2007, BarenBregge was hired as a special education paraprofessional.  Teachers and administrators said she became an indispensable asset, this led to the award nomination. It is Ms. BarenBregge’s responsibility to assist special education students stay focused when in regular classrooms; her creative influence can also be found all over the school – from bright colored murals displaying students’ accomplishment - to honor roll lists that adorn the walls of the school.


Kim Bettencourt

Padonia International Elementary, Cockeysville Middle School and Dulaney High School

Baltimore County Public Schools

Nominated by Jeannie Dolan, Padonia International Elementary


- Mrs. Bettencourt is definitely a parent making a difference. She has been an active PTA Board Member at Padonia since 1993 and with that an active parent. She is “the voice” of Padonia in recruiting parents to participate and volunteer. Mrs. Bettencourt is also involved at Cockeysville Middle School where she chairs two committees. According to her colleague, “if we could bottle up Kim’s energy and her dedication to Maryland schools it would be worth millions.”


Cory Brim

Tim Kelly

“The Dads for Perrywood”

Perrywood Elementary School

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- “The Dads for Perrywood,” founded by fathers Cory Brim and Tim Kelly, a new fathers-only volunteer group, is now 32 members strong. The group plans to set up mentoring groups at the Perrywood Elementary School, volunteer during after-school programs, and assist with the morning traffic control. Mr. Brim said their eventual goal is to get 100 of the school’s fathers involved – the “dads-only” volunteer group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Perrywood’s school principal and PTA president support the new organization and emphasize the need for more male role models at the school. Currently, there are only two male teachers on staff and both are physical education teachers - there are no male administrators.


Shelia Chandler

Parent Volunteer

Burnt Mills Elementary School

Montgomery County Public Schools

Nominated by Glenis Quimby, MCPS


 - Shelia Chandler is an avid, consistent, dependable, and supportive parent volunteer at Burnt Mills Elementary School. Her daily presence has contributed an immeasurable amount of hours allowing our teachers to carry out the reading instructional program. She has worked relentlessly in the reading room by assisting teachers in collecting appropriate instructional materials for each quarter, and helping students select independent reading materials to encourage reading at home. Ms. Chandler not only supports the reading room, but spends ample hours in the classroom assisting teachers. Her unselfish support has made a valuable difference in the daily function of the school.


Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen

School Mural

Cromwell Valley Elementary School

Baltimore County Public Schools

Nominated by Darlene Morrison, Cromwell Valley Elementary School


- Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen, a local professional artist, volunteered his time and artistic expertise to create a mural inspired by everyday life at Cromwell Valley Elementary School. The project began with a series of four workshops involving students, parents, and staff where ideas, images, and collages were developed. Involved stakeholders were inspired to take part in the project, and now the finished project is a representation of Cromwell’s diversity, use of technology, and environment.


Denise Daniel

Harlem Park Elementary Baltimore City Public Schools

Nominated by Helen Davis, BCPS


- Ms. Daniel is a parent volunteer and a “main-stay” at Harlem Park Elementary. According to school staff, “her enthusiasm and dedication is hard to surpass.” Ms. Daniel will help out in the classroom, the office, the cafeteria, and she even helps out the schools’ custodial staff when needed. She also is known to cook for the staff if she thinks they need a lift. She will turn in any direction to help Harlem Park’s students. 


Caryn Lasser


Altholton High School

Howard County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- Caryn Lasser, a hardworking, dedicated parent, is the recipient of the “Friends of Education Award”, awarded annually by the county school board. The award was established to recognize those who have made exemplary volunteer contributions in support of the school system’s mission of excellence in teaching and learning. Ms. Lasser has been a champion for student achievement and safe schools. In addition, she has previously served on the PTA executive boards at Clarksville Middle and Pointers Run Elementary Schools.


Joyce Leathers

PTO Member, Volunteer

Charles Carroll Middle School

Prince George's County Public Schools

Nominated by Anita Naves, PGCPS


- Joyce Leathers is a parent who is very involved in her children’s education and school activities. She is also an active member of the Parents and Teachers Organization (PTO). Ms. Leathers volunteers her time between two schools, helping out wherever needed. In addition, she works diligently to increase membership and parental involvement. Ms. Leathers is one of Charles Carroll Middle School’s finest example of parental involvement.


Ray Leone

PTA President

Edgewater Elementary School

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Nominated by Teresa Tudor, Administrator, AACPS


- As a committed parent and Anne Arundel County Public Schools volunteer, Ray Leone wears many hats. Mr. Leone is President of the Edgewater Elementary School PTA, Co-Vice Chair of the Superintendent’s Parent Involvement Advisory Council, and serves on several committees at Central Middle School. Mr. Leone works cooperatively with PTA members and school administrators and staff to implement the Superintendent’s community involvement goals. He also coordinates trips, and reaches out to the community to hold school events at local restaurants, churches, and community forums. In addition, he has provided commentary to The Examiner about the importance of parental involvement in education. He is committed to sharing the talents and successes of the students of Edgewater, enabling them to take PRIDE in their school, community, and of course, themselves. Ray Leone, parent of a son at Edgewater Elementary School and daughter at Central Middle School, is Maryland PTA’s Father of the Year.


Hope L. Lorick

Middleton Valley Elementary School

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Nominated by Lynne Todd, Middleton Valley Elementary School


- Hope L. Lorick has served as Vice President and President respectively of the Middleton Valley PTA for the past two years. In addition to being a mother of four, she organizes the numerous PTA school activities, helps students, and assists staff members without qualms or hesitation. Ms. Lorick also volunteers for the Children Youth in Action, Children’s Ministry, Youth Board, and Women’s Ministry at her church. She is an outstanding parent and volunteer who is always there to help with a loving heart.


Sam Macer

PTA President

Woodlawn Middle School

Baltimore County Public Schools

Nominated by Barbara Scherr, MSDE


-Mr. Macer was the Parent Involvement Chair of the Baltimore County PTA, and now President of the Maryland PTA.  He is an extraordinary advocate for parents and helping parents understand their role as equal partners in education.  He is commended for his outreach in bringing parents together to educate them on important issues on NCLB and the role of parents as decision makers. Mr. Macer has reached out to schools in need of strengthening their parent involvement efforts. Mr. Macer was honored during Foster Parent Appreciation Month by former Governor Ehrlich to highlight the important service he and his wife provide to their two foster daughters.


The Miller Family

PTA Family of the Year

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- Carol and Otha Miller’s involvement with the Parent-Teacher-Students Association at Meade High School helped turn it into the largest chapter among the county’s schools and earned them the honor of Maryland PTA Family of the Year. The Millers were nominated by the county PTA and chosen from among 10 state nominees. Mr. Miller arranged for students to visit his job at Bolling Air Force Base in Virginia and learn about homeland security exercises. Ms. Miller’s involvement with PTA has focused on doubling its membership, and giving the school a louder voice before the board of education. But the whole family is involved – when the Millers attend a school or PTA event, they attend with their children, Maya, who attends Odenton Christian School and Christopher, who attend Meade High School. Christopher, who plans to attend Cornell University and study aerospace engineering, said he is grateful for his parents’ involvement and sees it as a blessing.


Deborah Norris

PTO Vice President/Parent

Oxon Hill Middle School

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Nominated by Janice Gaskins, PGCPS


- Deborah Norris has partnered with Oxon Hill Middle School to provide an array of personal hygiene items and clothing to the students.  Ms. Norris donates school uniforms, and serves as the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Vice President. In addition, Ms. Norris is a very active parent in the community as well.


Parents/Guardians of students at

Robert Goddard French Immersion School

Robert Goddard Montessori School

Prince George’s County Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- Nearly 75 men attended the Second Annual “Men Make a Difference Day at Robert Goddard Montessori and Robert Goddard French Immersion Schools to see what their children do in the classroom every day. They met with teachers and administrators and helped out with different activities throughout the day. We salute men who are making a difference in the lives of Maryland's finest assets - our children.


Eileen Harmon Redmond

PTO President

Oxon Mill Middle School

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Nominated by Janice Gaskins, PGCPS


- Eileen Harmon Redmond, after an unplanned event, stepped in as Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President at Oxon Hill Middle School, on short notice. Mrs. Redmond planned and carried out a fall festival for the school, which was very successful. The festival consisted of vendors, a food court, a moon bounce for the students, as well as games and prizes. DJ Captain Fly of WPFW Radio did an onsight air segment to highlight the festive event.


Van Bokkelen Elementary School, PTA

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Nominated by MSDE


- The Van Bokkelen Elementary School Parent Teacher Association will receive the Phoebe Apperson Hearst-National PTA Excellence in Education Partnership Award.  It is the PTA’s highest national award recognizing family, school and community partnerships that support student success. The PTA created partnerships with the state’s education department, community-based organizations including the local Boys and Girls Club and the YWCA, local and national businesses, and a community college. Those partnerships helped parents obtain their general elective diploma; provided workshops and presentations on topics that support student learning and positive youth development.  In winning the award, the Van Bokkelen PTA was able to effectively demonstrate the difference that family-school-community partnerships can make. The Van Bokkelen PTA will receive a monetary award, as well as attend the 111th Annual PTA National Convention and Exhibition in St. Louis to receive an award.


Tamyiko Williams-Trice

Seabrook Elementary School

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Nominated by Marvel L. Smith, Seabrook Elementary School


- Tamyiko Williams-Trice is an asset to Seabrook Elementary School regularly volunteering her time in various ways. Williams-Trice is the PTA Vice President and also the co-chair of the school-wide female mentoring program where she provides phenomenal service to the students. She can also be found helping anyone, including the Principal, because of her creativity and commitment to educating young people.


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