Gifted and Talented Honors for WCPS

Gifted and Talented Honors for WCPS

Hagerstown, MD (February 13, 2008)- Five representatives of the Washington County Public Schools, including Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, will be honored for their contributions to gifted and talented education at a special reception on February 27, 2008, at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Joining Dr. Morgan as award recipients will be Boonsboro Elementary School Principal Scott Woods, Springfield Middle School Magnet Program coordinators Elizabeth Hunt and Kevin Bartholomew, and Eastern Elementary School Enrichment Specialist Ruth Sklencar.
The Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education sought nominations in the following categories: state leadership in gifted and talented education, student accomplishment in gifted and talented education, outstanding educators (teachers, program coordinators, school or school system administrators), and business and community leaders who support gifted and talented education.
Dr. Morgan is the only superintendent and one of three people being honored for the State Leadership Award. Dr. Morgan will be joined by State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nancy Grasmick, and Dr. Aretha Bridgewater, Chair of the State Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, in receiving the highest state honor.
Dr. Morgan was cited for her leadership in creating increased student, parent, and community awareness of rigorous, advanced level courses and programs; moving forward on choices for gifted and talented learners through magnet programs at elementary schools, the International Baccalaureate Program at North Hagerstown High School, and the Maryland Summer Gifted and Talented Center Programs at Fairview Outdoor Education Center for students from across Maryland; increases in participation of underrepresented students in advanced programs at WCPS highest needs schools and increased participation and performance in Advanced Placement and on AP exams; and for her "visionary leadership" in developing the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, scheduled to open in the 2009-2010 school year.
Mr. Woods is being honored for his leadership and support of the Boonsboro Elementary Magnet School for World Languages and Global Communication. The program serves approximately 100 gifted and talented students in grades 2 - 5. He has been instrumental in leading his staff in developing the programs and has facilitated the recruitment of highly qualified teachers for the magnet classes.
Ms. Hunt and Mr. Bartholomew are being recognized for their efforts in starting and maintaining a successful math, science, and technology magnet program at Springfield Middle School. They recruited and assessed students for the program, hosted information sessions for students and families, and have been coordinating all aspects of the magnet program during the school year.
Ms. Sklencar has been leading the enrichment program at Eastern Elementary School, providing gifted and talented services in language arts and math to almost half the student population. She has also served on several Maryland State Department of Education committees, leads professional development sessions for other WCPS enrichment and magnet teachers, and serves as a mentor teacher for advanced programs at the WCPS New Teacher Academy.