Cheverly principal chosen to head new School of the Incarnation


April 25, 2000|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BARBARA M. Edmondson has been chosen as first principal for the School of the Incarnation, an interparish Catholic elementary that will serve the West Anne Arundel County community.

A native of New Jersey, Edmondson earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in educational psychology from Montclair State College there and earned her doctorate in education from George Washington University.

She is familiar with life in a Catholic school classroom, having taught kindergarten and first grade in the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J., as well as the Archdiocese of Washington. For the past five years, she has been principal of St. Ambrose Elementary School in Cheverly.

When she heard about the school opening in our area, she saw it as "the opportunity of a lifetime," adding that being involved in setting up a new school is an educator's dream.

Edmondson's appointment officially takes effect July 1, but she has begun to lay the groundwork for communicating with the six parishes that sponsor the school. She has met with members of the school's board of pastors representing the parishes: Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crofton, St. Joseph's in Odenton, Holy Family in Davidsonville, Our Lady of Sorrows in Owensville and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Edgewater.

She plans to visit each of the churches next month and in June to address the congregations about the school's plans.

Architectural plans for the building, to be constructed on Waugh Chapel Road, are complete. Edmondson's primary focus will be planning "what fills the building," she said, explaining that she will be closely involved in selecting faculty members, curricula, computers, supplies -- all the nuts and bolts and ideas that will bring the school to life.

Kindergarten classes will begin this fall, housed in temporary quarters at Our Lady of the Fields. In fall 2001, the school will add first grade. Plans call for kindergarten through sixth grade to be operating in the new building in fall 2002, with grades seven and eight following a few years later.

Edmondson says she will find it hard to leave her school in Cheverly, but she is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. She and her husband, Joe, a Washington attorney, are house hunting, hoping to move closer to the School of the Incarnation.

The Edmondson family includes three daughters, Casey, 6; Bethany, 4; and Bridget, 18 months -- all of whom may become pupils at their mother's school.

Craft fair parking

The Crofton Town Club will present its annual spring craft fair on the Village Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A problem craft fair-goers have encountered is parking. This year, two Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church youth groups will offer a solution. The PoPpeteers and summer work-campers will provide parking at 9 a.m. at the church lot, 1657 Crofton Parkway.

Those taking advantage of this service are invited to make a donation to Prince of Peace youth work.

The PoPpeteers, members of the middle school Sunday school class, use hand puppets to illustrate biblical messages. Constructing scenery and assisting in production, the PoPpeteers perform during the Time for Children at Sunday worship services.

Each summer, a group of Prince of Peace high school work-campers spends a week in West Virginia, repairing homes in an economically depressed area.

Money collected through the parking fund-raiser will be divided between the two youth groups to benefit their projects.

Information: the church office at 410-721-2313.

South River job fair

South River High School will hold a summer job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2 in its cafeteria.

Area businesses that offer summer internships, career opportunities or summer jobs are invited to showcase their companies.

For additional information or to reserve a space, contact Connie Latimer at 410-451-1595 or

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