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Posted at 6:05 AM ET, 05/ 7/2010

Naval Academy prof wins Maryland parent involvement award

By Valerie Strauss

A U.S. Naval Academic history professor who helped lead an effort to reform two Anne Arundel County middle schools--even though his five children are too young to be middle schoolers--won Maryland’s statewide award for parent involvement.

And a Montgomery County teacher was one of five others who took home awards in ast night’s Third Annual Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards of Maryland, the country’s only statewide program for parent involvement.

Here’s more about the winners, selected from 24 semi-finalists:

Jeffrey Macris -- Annapolis Middle School & Bates Middle Schools, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
A dedicated Naval Officer for more than two decades, Macris is currently serving as a professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy. He has led an effort to turn around two Annapolis area middle schools, even though he and his wife don’t yet have a middle schooler among their five children. He served as a leader of both formal and informal groups that have helped strengthen Annapolis and Bates Middle Schools, bringing the renowned International Baccalaureate Program to Annapolis and an Arts Magnet Program to Bates.

Donna Hager - The Midtown Academy, Baltimore City Public School System
A founder of The Midtown Academy Public Charter School in Baltimore City, Hager has served in every capacity, from helping to develop the financial, academic, and cultural foundations to maintaining a critical presence in the daily operations and lives of those attending. Parents rely on her expertise and experience to continue the course of the school’s mission.

Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen -- Cromwell Valley Elementary School, Baltimore County Public Schools
Everyone is an artist, according to Schlossberg-Cohen, and he has brought that philosophy to his volunteer work at Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology. Schlossberg-Cohen, an artist himself, encourages children to use their own creativity to spur learning. He led a school-wide project, "A Portrait of Cromwell," which involved workshops for students, siblings, parents, and teachers that encompassed art as well as technology, cultural diversity, and green school initiatives.

Sabine Harvey – Chestertown Middle School, Kent County Public Schools
Harvey’s vision of what a school should be has created the common thread that ties the parents and students to the teachers and staff of the Chestertown Middle School community in Kent County. Through communication strategies and innovative activities and events, the family to school partnership has grown both in number and strength due to her efforts, including Bring Your Family to School Week, Pi Night, Father’s Spaghetti Dinner, Community Yard Sale, Junk Box Wars, and Victory Garden Project.

Earle Barnes -- Shady Grove Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
As leader of the SWAG (Students With Attainable Goals) group, Barnes has shown many of his at-risk middle school boys that with the right attitude, they can achieve great things. Through individual mentoring and group discussions, which have included etiquette, anger management, substance abuse, and respect, Mr. Barnes has helped turn these young boys around to forge a positive path toward manhood.

2010 JoAnne L. Carter Memorial Award Recipient
Julie Chapman -- Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, & Piccowaxen Middle School, Charles County Public Schools
Chapman’s 15 years of involvement has spanned elementary, middle and high school in Charles County. She has served as PTA president, spearheaded fundraisers to raise money for school equipment and volunteered for countless activities both in and out of school, such as the Girl Scouts, 4-H Club, Future Educators of America, Future Teachers/Leaders of America, and more.

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By Valerie Strauss  | May 7, 2010; 6:05 AM ET
Categories:  Parents  | Tags:  Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards, Comcast parent involvement, Maryland and contest and parents, Maryland contest for parents, Naval professor wins award, parent involvement, parent involvement award  
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