Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

Education Beat

News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

June 19, 2005

Naval Academy vice dean named Bucknell provost

Mary DeCredico, vice dean of the Naval Academy, has been named provost of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. She starts July 1.

DeCredico is returning to her alma mater, having graduated from Bucknell in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in history. She received a master's degree in American history and a doctorate in Southern history from Vanderbilt University before arriving at the academy in 1986.

At the military college, DeCredico has been chairwoman of the history department, president of the faculty senate and vice dean, the second-highest-ranking academic post. She has written three books.

"We are all happy for Mary and confident that she will rapidly prove herself as valuable to her alma mater as she has become to the Naval Academy," said William Miller, the school's academic dean and provost.

DeCredico will be succeeded by Michael Halbig, the former associate dean of faculty.

Boyd Waite of the chemistry department has been selected as the new associate dean of faculty. Waite, who holds a doctorate from the University of California, has been on the academy faculty since 1982. He starts in his new post July 1.

Belle Grove 4th-grader wins national honor

A Belle Grove Elementary School pupil will be one of 360 academically talented students to take part in this month's National Young Scholars Program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Briel Lamartina, a fourth-grader at the Brooklyn Park school, will participate in a program that encourages students to "explore, invent, learn and think creatively," according to a school system news release.

Briel was nominated by third-grade teacher Stacey Witte, who said in a statement that her former pupil is "very bright and possesses an enormous amount of independence and leadership."

The program allows pupils to further their interest in natural sciences, music and literature. It runs from June 26 to July 8.

Schools announce changes in jobs

The Anne Arundel County schools announced several appointments, promotions and reassignments last week. They are:

Karen Barnes, retired principal of Deer Park Middle Magnet School in Baltimore County, has been appointed principal of Bates Middle School.

Janice Lazzari, assistant principal of Chesapeake High School, has been promoted to principal of the Phoenix Center in Annapolis, a school for students with emotional disabilities.

Sean McElhaney, assistant principal of Old Mill Middle North School, moves up to principal of that school.

Vickie Plitt, assistant principal of Annapolis High, has been named principal of Mary Moss Academy.

George Lindley, principal of Old Mill Middle North School, has been named principal of Lindale Middle School. All of the moves take effect July 1.

EMT students graduate from AACC

Anne Arundel Community College's emergency medical technician-paramedic program has held its first ceremony for graduates since the program received national and state accreditation.

Graduates include: Randy J. Purkey of Halethorpe; Eric May Jr. of Elkridge; William Kuhar of Fort Meade; Michael J. Finn III of Arnold; Holly Hathaway of Crofton; Eileen Pierce of Glen Burnie; Denise Schultheis of Glen Burnie; Kathleen Stockdale of Glen Burnie; Stacey Trohanis of Crofton; Daniel Walters of Pasadena; Ryan Watkins of Halethorpe; and Sarah Wissinger of Laurel.

AACC physics educator to be in Who's Who

Anne Arundel Community College physics instructor Eric W. Fons of Annapolis will be included in this year's Who's Who Among American Teachers, his third time in the publication.

Fons will be included in the ninth edition, due out in October. The regional volumes pay tribute to the nation's educators.

Mini-camps for kids scheduled at refuge

Patuxent Research Refuge will offer mini-camps for various age groups this summer at the North Tract. Admission is free, but registration is required.

We're All in This Together, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 20-21 for ages 5 to 7. Participants will learn how animals live together in nature through songs, stories and crafts.

Animal Planet, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23-24 for ages 5 to 7. Explores the planet's animals and their characteristics.

Refuge Ranger Camp, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28-29 for ages 8 to 10. Participants will experience what it's like being a ranger by exploring wildlife.

Information: 301-497-5887.

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