State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick and Comcast today announced the 24 semifinalists for the 2009 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards.
A collaboration between Comcast and the Maryland State Department of Education, the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards 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 impact in their communities.
The 2009 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards will be presented in a special celebration on May 8th. Five finalists and a statewide winner, selected from the 24 semifinalists named today, will be announced at the award ceremony.
“I am truly humbled by the commitment and dedication to Maryland’s public schools that these 24 semifinalists have displayed,” said Dr. Grasmick. “The partnership with Comcast allows us the opportunity to celebrate and honor these inspirational parents, who continue to find innovative and creative ways to make our schools stronger through parent involvement.”
“Comcast is committed to fostering healthy, vibrant communities, with a focus on creating opportunities for youth leadership and development,” said Fred Graffam, senior vice president of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We recognize the important role that parents play in nurturing our future leaders, and we’re proud to work with the Maryland State Department of Education to honor them for their spirit, dedication and inspiration to others.”
The Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards program recognizes parents from local school systems across the state of Maryland who were nominated in five areas of parental involvement: Communication, Volunteering, Learning, Decision Making, and Community Collaboration. The statewide winner and five finalists will be awarded a cash prize to further their efforts to improve the public schools they represent.
Many of last year’s semifinalists have become parent involvement advocates on the statewide level, serving as members of task forces, presenters at statewide meetings, and participants in education events, such as the recent Summit on School Safety Solutions.
“I am honored to be the first statewide Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award winner," said Larry Walker, 2008 award recipient. “To be acknowledged by those who believe the education of America's future rests on the involvement of parents and community members alongside our professional educators is a privilege I will always cherish.”
2009 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards Semifinalists
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 – 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