We hope all of you and your families are staying healthy in this terrible time. Please STAY HOME and encourage your younger relatives to do the same.
View the PowerPoint from HEART's Membership meeting held on October 13
Click on the box to the right to see the power point
In addition, Sue sent an email to members at the end of September. Important info in addition to the October meeting includes social events at Longwood Gardens and Toby's dinner theater, information about HEART'S social media presence, and information about HEART members who have recently passed away. Contact Sue for more info on any of these issues.
We are currently seeking someone to become the newsletter editor. If interested, contact one of our co-presidents. At this time, the date for the next newsletter has not been established.
Please see the information attached regarding the MRSPA Fund Raffle.
MRSPA Fund Raffle
This year's flu season, combined with the COVID 19 Pandemic, is a concern to all.
Check out this information in the box to the right to ensure YOU are prepared
Everything you ever wanted to know about the flu
Great Part-Time Jobs for Howard County Retiree
Bright Minds is seeking a Program Coordinator to organize programmatic
work and activities for the Bright Minds Foundation--15 hours per week.
Looking for someone who can come to my house in Mt. Airy bi-weekly to oversee my 10 year old daughter during her virtual distance learning time. She will need guidance and assistance through her instructional day as well as some minor childcare responsibilities such as fix her lunch, etc. For any interested candidates, please email me at email@example.com.
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HEART is not an official non-profit organization. This means that our dues are not deductible on your taxes. Neither are contributions to the Scholarship Fund.
Meet your HEART officers
Co-President Addie Kaufman
After graduating from Boston University, I began my career in Hillside, NJ, as a teaching assistant. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Atlanta, GA, where I taught high school special education for five years. With a desire for an advanced degree, I moved back to New Jersey and obtained a M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision from Rutgers University. Moving to Maryland in 1986, I continued working as a special education teacher at Chatsworth Elementary School. After a year, I transferred to Howard County Public Schools and taught at Mt. Hebron High School for three years. I was then promoted to Assistant Principal at Atholton High School and moved laterally to Glenelg High School. When Dr. Hickey contacted me to ask if I wanted to be the principal of Mt. Hebron, I was thrilled; I stayed for six years. During that time, I attended University of Maryland, the school from which I received my doctorate (Ed.D.). Opening Reservoir High School as the founding principal was the highlight of my career! In 2011 I was transferred to Marriotts Ridge High School, and I retired from HCPSS in 2016.
Co-President Sue Mascaro
I began my tenure with the school system in 1984 as a science teacher at Hammond High School. I enjoyed working with high school students, both as a teacher and as a class advisor. While teaching, I collaborated with a science colleague at Mt. Hebron High School. to design and pilot the “independent research” program at the high school level. In 1985, I left the classroom to become an Assistant Principal. After five years as an AP at Hammond and Mt. Hebron high schools, I left the school setting to work as a hiring specialist and eventually Manager of Teacher Recruitment and Hiring in the Office of Human Resources. It was a wonderful opportunity to convince those new to the profession to join our outstanding school system. In 2002, I became Director of Staff Relations, working with school system and Union leadership to negotiate and implement employee contracts. Finally, I retired in 2015 as Chief of Staff to the Superintendent.
Co-Vice President Anne Swartz
I enjoyed a 32-year career with the Howard County Public School System. I began my career in 1987 as a first and second grade teacher at Jeffers Hill Elementary, and then third and fifth grade teacher at Fulton Elementary. In 2001, I became part of the first team of elementary mathematics support teachers, serving Guilford Elementary and Talbott Springs Elementary. Three years later, I was promoted to assistant principal at Guilford Elementary, and also served in this role at St. Johns Lane Elementary. After six years, I was promoted to principal of Forest Ridge Elementary. In 2015, the superintendent asked me to laterally move and lead the transition to and opening of Wilde Lake Middle's new building, the first Net Zero school in the state and the only Net Zero middle school in the country. This was an incredible experience! I retired from Howard County in June of 2019. I hold a Masters Degree from the University of Maryland in Curriculum and Instruction and an Administrator Certificate from Johns Hopkins University. My hobbies include playing tennis, reading, crafting, and spending time with my baby granddaughter.
Co-Vice President Genee Varlak
I have had an exciting and enjoyable educational journey. My career began with a bang in 1985 at a small school in East orange, New Jersey called Jackson Academy. There, I was hired mid-year to teach a 4/5 split classroom. Gaining my wings there, I moved to Maryland and joined the staff of Clemens Crossing Elementary as the only African American classroom teacher in the school at the time. I spent 9 wonderful years there, 5 of which I served as the grade 5 Team leader. I was promoted to assistant principal at St. John's Lane Elementary. Three years later I was transferred to Guilford Elementary as the assistant principal. When the principal of Guilford announced his retirement, he and the community rallied strongly for me to become the new principal of Guilford Elementary. The Board of Education granted that request. During my time there, I pursued and completed my Doctor of Education in Urban Studies degree from Morgan State University. I remained at Guilford in an administrative capacity for 15 years. I was transferred to Forest Ridge Elementary school, where I retired after serving 4 years as principal. My 30 years in Howard County have been enriching. I continue to work at will and enjoy reading, walking, time with my husband, and traveling.
Treasurer Ellen Hill
I began my teaching career in 1978 in a small town in the Catskill Mountains of New York (one building for K-12). In 1980, I taught for one year in Harford County and then began my tenure with HCPSS in 1981 as a special education teacher at Hammond Elementary. In 1984, I “graduated” to middle school and taught at Owen Brown (now known as Lake Elkhorn) and stayed for 13 years. There were lots of changes to special education during that time as we moved away from “pull-out” classes to more team teaching and inclusion. I loved working with middle school students who taught me patience, flexibility, and the need for strong relationships. In 1997, I left the school setting and became a Resource Teacher in the Department of Special Education where I worked with middle and high school teachers. I was able to obtain a broader knowledge of how special education services were implemented throughout the school system and continued to work in both instruction and compliance of special education regulations. From 2006 through my retirement in 2015, I worked as an Instructional Facilitator for High Schools in DSE and continued my work with staff, students and families. A major focus was providing professional development to general and special education teachers, as well as ensuring students with IEPs met their academic and social goals with an emphasis on preparing them to successfully transition to post-secondary options.
Secretary Janet Zimmerman
I began my teaching career in 1974 in Prince George’s County teaching fifth grade. I taught grades five and six for nine years before resigning to become a stay-at-home mom. After seven years I returned to education in HCPSS, first as an Instructional Assistant at Longfellow for one year and then the school’s special education resource teacher for three years. I enjoyed the challenge of educating students in kindergarten through fifth grade; no two days were ever the same. At that time, including students with IEPs in general education classrooms was in its infancy. It was very exciting to see some of my students join their peers and do extremely well. In 1993 I left Longfellow when I was promoted to Resource Teacher for the Department of Special Education, working with special education teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools, with a focus on instruction and compliance. In 2004 my role as a Resource Teacher shifted to focus on special education compliance and monitoring students in nonpublic placements until 2010 when I was promoted to Instructional Facilitator for Compliance and Nonpublic School placements. My responsibilities as Instructional Facilitator also included serving as the Section 504 Coordinator for the school system until my retirement in 2015. In retirement I thoroughly enjoy making my own schedule and working part time as a consultant in special education.
Past President Mary Teague
My experience in HCPSS began at Centennial High School where I taught English from 1997-2003 and was Department Chair for one year. After that I moved to the Office of Professional Development as a Facilitator. I enjoyed working with a variety of schools and personnel on topics such as leadership and multicultural education. After that until my retirement in 2014, I was a Facilitator for Secondary Language Arts and loved visiting schools to support English teachers. Before working in Howard County, I taught in Baltimore City and at Calvert Hall High School and the Catholic High School of Baltimore.
HEART: The Association of Retired Howard County (Maryland) School Personnel, welcomes teachers, administrators, support staff, and anyone else who has retired from Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS).