2019 | Schools

School Notes: MCPS Educator Named Finalist for State ‘Teacher of the Year’

Plus: Four Montgomery students named ‘Top Young Innovators’; Walt Whitman senior produces winning video about gun violence; School board appoints three administrators

Madeline Hanington

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MCPS educator named finalist for state ‘Teacher of the Year’

Madeline Hanington, an English teacher at Hallie Wells Middle School, was named as one of seven finalists for the state “Teacher of the Year award” this week.

Hanington was named the Montgomery County teacher of the year in April. The state winner will be named at a ceremony in October. The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities and a new car valued at more than $25,000, donated by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.

Hired at Hallie Wells in Clarksburg in 2016, Hanington previously taught at Cabin John, Lakelands Park and Gaithersburg middle schools as an English teacher and content specialist.

She has been a teacher in the county school system since 1999.

The school system attributed a jump in state test scores to academic intervention programs Hanington crafted and implemented. She serves as co-sponsor of the Hallie Wells Junior National Honor Society and Lady Scholars, an after-school program that supports young women.

Four Montgomery students named ‘Top Young Innovators’

Four students from Montgomery County this week were named to a list of the top 300 “young innovators” in the country.

The students chosen were named to the Broadcom Masters list, chosen from a pool of 2,348 applicants from 37 states and Washington, D.C.

They were evaluated by a panel of scientists, engineers and educators and were judged on the creativity and originality of a science project, and their ability to engage in analysis of data.

Each applicant was nominated to compete by placing among the 10% of middle school students at affiliated regional and state science fairs.

The students selected were:

• Luc Jon Beck, Sidwell Friends School

• Anjan Saidutta Sesetty, Roberto Clemente Middle School

• Ishaan Jain, Roberto Clemente Middle School

• Dennis Oleg Chunikhin, Robert Frost Middle School.

Walt Whitman senior produces winning video about gun violence

Walt Whitman High School senior Amelia Montagnino was announced last week as the winner of a national competition that charged contestants with creating public service announcements about gun violence.

The “End Family Fire” scholarship competition asked students to submit entries specifically about how to end unintentional injuries or deaths caused by improperly stored or misused guns found in the home.

Montagnino’s video, chosen as the grand prize winner, encourages parents to ensure firearms are stored properly to protect children in their homes.

The video will be shared with more than 1,600 television stations across the country and screened at the 2019 All-American High School Film Festival.

School board appoints three administrators

The Montgomery County Board of Education last week appointed three people to fill administrative vacancies in the school district’s central office in Rockville.

• James Koutsos was appointed as an area superintendent in the Office of School Support and Improvement. Koutsos currently serves as president of the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals.

• Ruschelle Reuben, currently director of Restorative Justice, School Counseling and Student Leadership Services for MCPS, was appointed as an associate superintendent in the Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement.

• Seth Adams, director of the MCPS Division of Construction, was appointed as director of the Department of Facilities Management.