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.

We have a new date for our happy hour.  Thursday, April 7 from 2 till 6 at the Turf Valley resort.  Mark your calendars.

Because of production and shipping delays that are out of our control the new plastic MRSPA membership cards will not arrive by January 15, 2022. We do not know when they will be shipped, yet. We continue to work with the company to get this done and will inform you when/if we get confirmation of a shipping date. 

Thank you for joining us on Tuesday, December 14th at 12:00 noon for our December meeting.  The power point from the Office of Aging presentation can be accessed here.

Thanks to those who participated in the HEART drive-by giving event last Thursday, December 16  at Wilde Lake High School.  If you couldn't make it Thursday, you can mail a check to Sue Mascaro at 4064 Heritage Hills Court, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

We have been advised that Cigna Dental has recently revised their current contracted fee schedule, resulting in a substantial decrease  in reimbursement to dentists.  Some members have indicated that, as a result, their dentist is no longer accepting the Cigna Dental insurance.  HEART is working with the HCPSS benefits office to investigate this further.  We will inform you on this web page and via email of any updates, but we advise that you check with your dentist about their continued acceptance of Cigna Dental insurance.

Members should contact their dentist to ensure they plan to continue to accept Cigna insurance next year.  

New social events are now scheduled.  Join HEART members at TOBY's Dinner Theater on March 10 for Spamalot, or on September 15 for Ghost.  Call Sue Mascaro at 443-878-6883 or email her at ScMascaro@gmail.com to buy/reserve a ticket.

Reserve the date for HEART's last two meetings.  It is not yet decided whether they will be in person or ZOOM.  Dates are March 8 and May 17.


Check out this info on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.  The EBB is a $3.2 billion federal initiative to help Americans access the affordable, high-speed internet they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a short-term program that will end once the funds have been utilized.



                                                                         Click to learn more about the EBB

HEART Newsletter  November 2021

Check out timely information on our newsletter.   Thanks to new editors Anne Swartz and Genee Varlack.

                      November Newsletter                 Personal data sheet

Helpful Community Resources from Senior Care Helper    

                                                                                                                                     Useful information on falls, finances, COVID, and senior legal issues        


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

Use this pdf to the right to access and print HEART personal data form.

                                                                                                                                                              HEART personal data form

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 robin.malcotti@gmail.com

Are you an MRSPA member? Why not join today and sign up for automatic dues deduction? What a convenience! You don't have to remember to send a check each year. MRSPA has an incentive for new members. Click on the PDF for more information.

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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--Vacancy--Contact Sue or Addie if interested 

Co-Vice President  Vacancy--Contact Sue or Addie if interested

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).