Educator at Running Brook is Assistant Principal of Year Md. principals' group taps Oduyoye for honor

April 30, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Corita M. Oduyoye, the assistant principal at Running Brook Elementary School, was honored Saturday as Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals.

"In everything she does, Mrs. Oduyoye puts children first," wrote Running Brook Principal Deborah Drown in nominating her assistant principal. "Her work with children and families is always conducted in a professional but, most importantly, caring and sensitive manner.

"She is sincere in her love for children and never wavers in her belief that all children can learn if given the opportunity to succeed," Mrs. Drown wrote.

The award was presented Saturday morning at the principals group's spring meeting.

As assistant principal at Running Brook since 1992, Mrs. Oduyoye has played a leading role in directing a summer camp program at the school for students who otherwise would be unable to participate in summer activities.

Using a Maryland State Department of Education grant called Families and Communities Together with Schools, she directed the program in its first year, focusing primarily on leisure activities two mornings per week for four weeks.

In the second year, she expanded the program to five mornings per week for four weeks and added an academic portion for the students.

Mrs. Oduyoye also has served on county committees to plan activities for instructional assistants and set agendas for monthly assistant principal meetings.

Before becoming assistant principal at Running Brook in Columbia's Wilde Lake village, Mrs. Oduyoye was a special education resource teacher at Stevens Forest Elementary School starting in 1978. She has worked in the Howard County school system since 1973.

In 1994, she was honored with a Living the Dream award by the Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission for her contributions to the realization of the slain civil rights leader's dreams.

Pub Date: 4/30/96

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