Press Release: Seventh Annual Parent Involvement Matters Award Semifinalists Named

Statewide Winner To Be Announced On May 16

For Immediate Release                                             Contact: Maureen Moran, 410.767.0477

Baltimore, MD (May 6, 2014)

State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery today announced the 24 semifinalists for the 2014 Parent Involvement Matters Award.

The Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) Program is the nation’s first statewide initiative of its kind – recognizing parents and legal guardians for their exceptional support of public education. Parents are nominated for demonstrating significant, positive contributions in their education communities. This is PIMA’s seventh year.

The 2014 Parent Involvement Matters Award will be presented during an evening celebration on Friday, May 16. Five finalists and a statewide winner, selected from the 24 semifinalists detailed below, will be announced during the awards ceremony.

"We know that the most important element in any child's development is the education they receive at home. That is why it is so important that parents and guardians are active partners in shaping a strong educational community for all Maryland children," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Maryland has achieved the number-one-in-the-nation status five years in a row because of the dedication of both educators and parents. Our State thanks the many parents across our State working tirelessly to build on that success. Together, we can continue to give the next generation everything they need to compete and win in the 21st century global economy." 

Dr. Lowery agreed that the parental role is key.  “I continue to be inspired by the level of commitment and dedication that parents and guardians across Maryland have for our public schools. I take pride in honoring them because they play a vital role in the education of our future leaders,” she said. “Parent involvement is the single most important factor ensuring that our children succeed.”

The PIMA Program recognizes parents from local school systems across the State of Maryland, nominated for their contributions in one or more of the five areas of parental involvement:  Communication; Volunteering; Learning; Decision Making; and Community Collaboration.

Many of the semifinalists from previous years have become parent involvement advocates on the statewide level – serving as members of task forces, presenters at statewide meetings, and participants in education conventions as well as focus groups.

The PIMA Program is supported by the Maryland PTA, Cullins Trucking, Inc., Harvest Enterprises, Inc., The Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc., and Lifetouch Prestige Portraits.

Profiles can be found at

Allegany County Public Schools
Matthew Crawford
Flintstone Elementary School
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Brandy Hoot
South Shore Elementary

Baltimore City Public Schools
Ernestine Richardson-Watts
Augusta Fells Savage
Institute of Visual Arts High School

Baltimore County Public Schools
John Jungwirth
Joppa View Elementary School

Calvert County Public Schools
Dianne Kyle
Huntingtown Elementary School
Caroline County Public Schools
Nohea Krashoc
Federalsburg Elementary School

Carroll County Public Schools
Aimee Schultz
Cranberry Station Elementary School
Cecil County Public Schools
Diana Hawley
North East Elementary School

Charles County Public Schools
Virginia Brown
T.C. Martin Elementary School
Dorchester County Public Schools
David Owens
Vienna Elementary School

Frederick County Public Schools
Margaret Osborne
Whittier Elementary School
Garrett County Public Schools
Sandy Derato
Northern Middle School

Harford County Public Schools
Julie Buher
Ring Factory Elementary

Howard County Schools
Theresa Yodzis and Hina Naseem
West Friendship Elementary School
Kent County Public Schools
Christopher Maier
Worton Elementary School

Montgomery County Public Schools
Debbie Boger
Sligo Creek Elementary School
Prince George's County Public Schools
Bart Lawrence
Hyattsville Elementary School

Queen Anne's County Public Schools
Peg Donovan
Grasonville Elementary School
Somerset County Public Schools
Benita Rashaw
Greenwood Elementary

St. Mary's County Public Schools
Heather Foster
Leonardtown Elementary School
Talbot County Public Schools
Maggie Gowe
St. Michaels Elementary School
Washington County Public Schools
Steve O'Farrell
Fountaindale Elementary School

Wicomico County Public Schools
Courtney Deason
Wicomico Middle School
Worcester County Public Schools
Brent Gould
Snow Hill Middle School

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