MCPS Celebrates 24 Graduates Who Are Future Educators

by MCS Staff

MCPS hosted a Future Educators celebration for 24 graduating seniors on May 24. This is the second year that the Office of Human Resources and Development has hosted a “Grow Your Own” strategy to attract, recruit and excite MCPS students with the possibility of a teaching career with the district.

The event recognized the students for their outstanding academic performance and commitment to return to MCPS once they have finished college. In addition, each of these students are receiving a $5,000 scholarship toward their college studies. The scholarships are funded by the Maryland Leads Grant. The Maryland Leads Grant and the MCPS “Grow Your Own” initiatives support the long-standing need to establish and strengthen teacher pipelines and development.

The Future Educator students, their high schools and the colleges they will attend are:

  • Olivia Blank, Bethesda Chevy-Chase , DePaul University
  • Phillip Booker, Sherwood, Boston University
  • Michael Castillo, Northwood, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Hayley Coleman, Northwest, Towson University
  • Juliana Cornejo, Paint Branch, Montgomery College
  • Kaylee Cox, Seneca Valley, Montgomery College
  • Katie Deleon, Watkins Mill, Montgomery College
  • Roselind Dominguez, Watkins Mill, Montgomery College
  • Dina Fennell, Northwest, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Gabrielle Franklin, James Hubert Blake, Virginia State University
  • Justin Grant, Clarksburg, Stevenson University
  • Litcy Javier Castillo, Gaithersburg, Towson University
  • Charlize Kernizan, Bethesda Chevy-Chase, McDaniel College
  • Frederick Kolla, Wheaton, Montgomery College
  • Kimberly Alexa Mallari, Paint Branch, Howard University
  • Sydney Morgenstern, Walter Johnson, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Grace Nangueri, John F. Kennedy, Bucknell University
  • Claudia Podpierova, Walter Johnson, Towson University
  • Samantha Rivas-Hernandez, Col. Zadok Magruder, Towson University
  • Moises Silva, Paint Branch, Salisbury University
  • Olivia Smith, Damascus, Salisbury University
  • Summer Snead, Col. Zadok Magruder, Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Alondra Vasquez, Springbrook, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Abigail Younkins, Damascus, Montgomery College

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