Assistant principal being promoted at Running Brook Elementary


December 10, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Assistant Principal Marion Miller says she is "looking forward to continuing the traditions" of Running Brook Elementary School when she becomes principal next month.

Jason McCoy, a teacher at Guilford Elementary School, will become the assistant principal.

Both appointments take effect Jan. 20.

Earlier in the year, the Board of Education announced that Principal, Deborah Drown, would leave in January to head the new Gorman Crossing Elementary School in Laurel.

Drown, who is credited with bringing community-centered programs to Running Brook, was honored by the Washington Post last week with a Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.

"Mrs. Drown has made the school a community center for parents," Miller said.

"There is tremendous community outreach and so much parent involvement."

A resident of Harper's Choice since 1971, Miller is in her second year as assistant principal at Running Brook.

Before that, she served in the same post at Jeffers Hill Elementary School.

In 1989, Miller was hired to be a guidance counselor at St. John's Lane and Lisbon Elementary Schools.

"I was one of four people who started the elementary guidance program in Howard County," she said.

Before that, Title I provided limited guidance services, she said. Now there are guidance counselors at least part-time in all the elementary schools.

Earlier in her career, Miller was a teacher in Montgomery County.

She has also worked as a guidance counselor in Baltimore County.

The assistant principal slot will be the first administrative position for McCoy.

For the past seven years, he has been at Guilford, where he has taught third, fourth and fifth grades and was team leader for the fourth and fifth grades.

Since August, he has been a math resource teacher.

A native of New York City, McCoy came to Maryland to attend Morgan State University on a basketball scholarship.

While at Morgan, he did student teaching at Stevens Forest Elementary School.

After graduation he decided to stay in the area. He lives in Columbia.

Helpers wrapping gifts

Volunteers from two organizations are staffing a booth, "Wrap for the Cure," at The Mall in Columbia through Dec. 24, to help shoppers and raise money to fight breast cancer.

Members of the National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County Section and the Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary began wrapping gifts Nov. 28 to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

A national organization, the Komen Foundation is the largest private supporter of breast cancer research in the country, according to Brenda Bottum, president of the Maryland chapter.

The local group also provides educational programs.

The booth, on the upper level near the mall's service desk, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Hours will be extended as the holidays draw nearer.

Fees for wrapping range from $1 to $5, depending on the size of the package.

This is the third year the group has had a booth at The Mall in Columbia, using space donated by the Rouse Co.

Bottum is coordinating the event, with help from Alisha Slahetka, president of the hospital auxiliary, and Illene Hoss, past president of the Jewish women's group.

More helpers are welcome. To volunteer, call Bottum at 410-433-7223.

'Nutcracker' -- on ice

Several skaters from west Columbia will perform in a newly expanded version of a holiday ice show sponsored by the Columbia Figure Skating Club.

Performances of "The Nutcracker -- Tchaikovsky's Classic on Ice," will be held at 4: 45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 20 at Columbia Ice Rink in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Participating from west Columbia will be Ariel Andrew, Beth Baniszewski, Nicole Battisti, Amy Beier, Alexandra Berge, Alicia Brands, Jeanette Braun, Jake Brody and Niki Camateros-Mann.

Also performing will be Lauren Havery, Alexandra Kochanski, Erica Malick, Katie Ragsdale, Carolyn Savoldelli, Alison Smith, Lindsay Sperling and Kristen Tessmer.

Among the youngest members of the cast will be 3-year-old Emily Friedenberg and her sister, Gabrielle, 5.

Other family members performing together are siblings Brian and Melanie Wolvovsky.

Caryl Winter will be in the show with her daughters, Pamela and Rachel.

Tickets are $6.

Information: 410-461-9948 or 410-549-4491.

Dancers to perform

As part of Student Fine Arts Month at Howard Community College, the school's Dance and Performing Arts Group will give a free performance at 2 p.m. Saturday in Smith Theatre.

Dawn Cooper Barnes, associate professor of performing arts, is directing the group, which includes several dancers from west Columbia.

Among those scheduled to participate are Jada Ford, Phyllis Stanley, Randy Dunkle and Menchu Esteban of Harper's Choice.

Also dancing will be Tara Nash, Katie Hamill and Angel Alba of Hickory Ridge.

Wilde Lake residents on the program are Michaelyn Hood, Michael Caloia and Vera Dews.

Band offers premiere

The Columbia Concert Band will perform the world premiere of Brian Balmage's "Journey by Night" at a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The composition was commissioned by the band and written by Balmage, a former band member who is studying at James Madison University in Virginia.

Also on the program will be Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," as well as pieces by Gould, Camphouse, Sousa and others.

Robert Miller directs the band. He is assisted by Michael Blackman.

Information: 410-997-7736.

Pub Date: 12/10/97

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