New Marley principal has 'a homecoming'

August 24, 1994|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer

Twenty-six years after beginning his career as a math teacher at Marley Middle School, John R. Kozora finds himself back, this time as the school's new principal.

"This is like a homecoming," said Mr. Kozora.

A handful of the people he worked with are still at the Glen Burnie middle school. But people who were students when he was a math teacher and administrative assistant are now parents.

Mr. Kozora replaces Robert Janovsky, who was transferred to Old Mill Middle South.

The changes at the 960-student school are part of a reorganization plan that county schools Superintendent Carol S. Parham announced in June.

Mr. Kozora started at Marley Middle School in 1968 and taught math for three years.

He then worked three years as the school's administrative assistant before transferring to Northeast High School, where he also worked as administrative assistant.

Eventually, he transferred to Corkran Middle School and served as the school's assistant principal for 4 1/2 years.

He spent the last 13 years at MacArthur Middle School.

There he was the school's assistant principal for two years and he served as its principal for 11 years.

Mr. Kozora, who lives in West Friendship in Howard County, said his plans for his new job include working to implement countywide school efforts.

One is called the "inclusion program," in which children with disabilities are taught in a regular classroom with the help of a special education teacher.

Another countywide school program will teach students how to resolve their differences without fighting or cursing, and how to improve their organizational skills.

Mr. Kozora said he hopes the programs will "let youngsters know we care about them as persons in addition to their academic growth."

The principal described his management style as "warm, patient, understanding, but firm and fair."

He also said the middle school years are a time of intense transition.

"These are the years when a youngster is most changeable -- physically, emotionally, socially, academically," said Mr. Kozora, who is a father of three.

The instruction students receive in middle school is critical, he said, because it determines the level at which students enter high school and the courses they take.

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