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2009 Parent Nominees

24 Local Semifinalists - 2009

The 2nd Annual Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards Celebration was held on May 8 at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md. During the event, Wendy Panor of Queen Anne’s County was named statewide winner from the five finalists. The other four finalists were:

  • Mark Lewis, Baltimore County;
  • James Carroll, Calvert County;
  • Brian Barron, Frederick County; and
  • Ann English, Montgomery County.

In a surprise announcement, Kristen Ruiz of Prince George’s County was named the first recipient of the JoAnne L. Carter Memorial Award. This award was conceived in honor of JoAnne L. Carter, Deputy State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education, who was lost to cancer on February 25, 2009. Ms. Carter was dedicated to providing the very best education to all children. A parent herself, she also was a staunch advocate for parental involvement in education and was intimately involved with the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards in its first year. The JoAnne L. Carter Memorial Award will be given annually to a parent that exemplifies all that she held dear.

The twenty-four semifinalists are as follows:

  • Stephanie Turbin - Flintstone Elementary School, Allegany County Public Schools
  • Carolyn Fiume – Anne Arundel School System, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Tracie Martin – Inner Harbor East Academy, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Mark Lewis – Patapsco High School, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • James Carroll – Calvert Middle School, Calvert County Public Schools
  • Jemima Clark – Denton Elementary School, Caroline County Public Schools
  • Laurie Long – North Carroll High School, Carroll County Public Schools
  • Kathy Joseph – Cecil County School System, Cecil County Public Schools
  • Kristina Gozzi – J.P. Ryon Elementary School, Charles County Public Schools
  • Valerie Jordan – Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, Dorchester County Public Schools
  • Brian Barron – Myersville Elementary School, Frederick County Public Schools
  • Christine Brenneman – Grantsville Elementary School, Garrett County Public Schools
  • Mark Daghir – Darlington Elementary School, Harford County Public Schools
  • Sandra Holt – Bollman Bridge Elementary School, Howard County Public Schools
  • Kiki Jones – H.H. Garnett Elementary School, Kent County Public Schools
  • Ann English – Rockville High School, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Kristen Ruiz – Bond Mill Elementary School, Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Wendy Panor – Centreville Middle School, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools
  • Maria Scott – Park Hall Elementary School, Saint Mary’s County Public Schools
  • Robert Wells – Deal Island Elementary School, Somerset County Public Schools
  • Jenny Schmidt – Easton Elementary School, Talbot County Public Schools
  • Steven O’Farrell – Fountaindale Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools
  • Ginny Steuart – Glen Avenue School, Wicomico County Public Schools
  • Marilyn James – Ocean City Elementary School, Worcester County Public Schools


2009 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards Winners Program

Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award


Contact Information
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
 2009 PIMA Winners
Wendy Panor named 2009 statewide winner of the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards
2009 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards Winners Program Booklet
Semifinalists named for the 2009 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards
 2009 Nomination Material
2009 Nomination Form (English)
2009 Nomination Form (Spanish)
2009 Nomination Form (Korean)
 2009 Promotion Material
Comcast PSA
Media Alert, Nov. 17, 2008
Press Release, Nov. 19, 2008
 2008 Material
Larry Walker Statewide Winner
Local Award Winners
2008 Program Booklet
 2008 Videos
Comcast & MSDE Launch Parent Involvement Matters Awards, November 19, 2008
Award Event, April 17, 2008
Comcast interviews the 2008 Semifinalists
Comcast PIMA Awards - April 17, 2008
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