Twenty-eight teachers were recently recognized as Everyday Heroes by the Harford County Education Foundation at their annual Tools for Schools Breakfast Gala. The event brought over 170 community leaders and educators together in support of the Education Foundation’s programs to equip children with the resources and supplies necessary for success.
The Everyday Heroes Award recognizes the outstanding educators of Harford County Public Schools, especially those who go above and beyond to make learning rewarding and engaging. Each honoree was presented with a framed certificate, an Everyday Heroes Engraved Pencil Award, and a special gift, compliments of Saxon’s Diamond Centers.
Congratulations to all of the Education Foundation’s Everyday Heroes:
Josh Rupert – Aberdeen High School
Tangia Streete Allen – Aberdeen Middle School
Anna Szot – Abingdon Elementary School
Tamara Stewart – Bakerfield Elementary School
Kristen Travers – Bel Air Elementary School
Patti Bales – Bel Air Middle School
Michelle Carson – C. Milton Wright High School
Sherry Thier – Church Creek Elementary School
Michele Spencer – Churchville Elementary School
Michelle Williamson – Deerfield Elementary School
Danielle Strange – Edgewood High School
Tracy Goergens – Edgewood Middle School
Stacey Scarff – Fallston Middle School
Stacey Sewell – Forest Hill Elementary School
Karen Murphy – Fountain Green Elementary School
Jennifer Delinski – George D. Lisby Elementary at Hillsdale
Susan Andrews – Havre de Grace High School
Erica Kelly – Joppatowne High School
Tara Sample – Magnolia Elementary School
Karen Gonzalez – Magnolia Middle School
Carla Kruzic – North Harford Elementary School
Michael James – North Harford High School
Erin Wyatt – North Harford Middle School
Creighton Leizear – Prospect Mill Elementary School
Melissa Brooks – Ring Factory Elementary School
Suzette Attah – The Alternative Education Program
Sarah Adams – William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School
Robin Liegey – William S. James Elementary School
Chelsea Davies, Title 1 Teacher Specialist at Bakerfield Elementary School, shared with the event guests an innovative program highlighting extraordinary strategies in our schools to engage students and families. Through a Classroom Innovation Grant awarded by Harford County Education Foundation, Ms. Davies was allowed, with a small group of dads, to organize the first Million Father March at Bakerfield Elementary School. Through their efforts, over 175 men walked alongside the students on their first day of school. Ms. Davies called it an “inspiring moment with parents, grandparents and community members, including representation from the Education Foundation, as we move forward with building male involvement at Bakerfield Elementary School.”
Ms. Claudine Adams, CEO of Bravura Information Technology Systems, Inc., a minority, womenowned defense contractor, was the Signature Sponsor of the Breakfast Gala. Ms. Adams spoke to the group and encouraged everyone to stay committed to fostering excellence in learning by pledging support to Harford County Education Foundation.
Other top sponsors were: Oak Contracting, LLC, Booz Allen Hamilton, Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield, Harford Mutual Insurance Company, Wegmans, Jones Junction, Gant Global Services, and Harford County Government.
Performances by Aberdeen High School Dance Company led by Caroline Brazil, Dance Teacher, and student run Aberdeen High School Vocal Ensemble, managed by Charles Braungard, Vocal Music Teacher, earned massive applause from the crowd. Special guest speakers included Dr. Sean Bulson, Superintendent of Schools, and Joseph Voskuhl, President of the Board of Education.
The Breakfast Gala culminated in a phenomenal display of community support when each sponsor was brought to the stage to showcase their commitment to Harford County education. Sponsors held up photos of students as a symbol and demonstration of their support.
About Harford County Education Foundation: Harford County Education Foundation invests in the education of 37,000 youth in Harford County Public Schools by providing programs and resources to complement the learning and growth of each student regardless of their economic circumstances. The Education Foundation works in partnership with the community to bring critical resources to help students succeed in their academic and personal goals through middle and high school leadership programs, college and career mentoring, scholarships, free school supplies for low-income students, technology to increase digital access at home, grants to support innovative classroom instruction and celebrating the education profession with the community. Visit www.harfordeducation.org to learn more.