Education Notes


Education Beat

December 11, 2005

Teacher earns board certification

Daniel Patrick Fluharty, a teacher at North County High School, has earned National Board Certification - the highest credential in the teaching profession - and also has been nominated for the 2006 Disney Teacher Award.

Fluharty is the business department chairman and director of the academies of hospitality and tourism and teaching professions. He has been teaching for nearly 10 years and is among 7,300 teachers to earn certification in 2005. There are about 47,500 teachers nationwide who hold the certification. Fluharty will learn in the spring whether he is one of the Disney honorees.

Teaching assistant featured on TV show

Bobbi Coffman, a teaching assistant at Meade High School and co-founder of the nonprofit Happy Helpers for the Homeless, was featured on the Lifetime television show Earth Angels last week.

Coffman has worked at Meade for seven years and has been active with the 13-year-old charity, which is part of the county's food bank. Coffman, who lives in Glen Burnie, was chosen from among 1,000 applicants to be featured on the show.

Sessions planned on admissions, aid

Anne Arundel Community College will hold admissions information sessions from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Center for Applied Learning and Technology, Room 107, on the Arnold campus. The sessions will provide information about academic opportunities, admissions, financial aid, student life and academic support. Information: 410-777- 2246.

Pupils to volunteer at Bello Machre

More than 175 pupils of Annapolis Area Christian School will volunteer at Bello Machre on Wednesday.

Each group of 12 to 15 middle school pupils will spend the day raking leaves and hanging Christmas lights at 15 Bello Machre homes throughout the county.

Bello Machre is a nonprofit organization that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.

School plans two open houses in Jan.

Rockbridge Academy will be holding two open houses next month. The first will be Jan. 6 and the second will be Jan. 20. Both will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Baldwin Education Building, 911 Generals Highway, Millersville. No reservations are required.

The academy offers a K-12 program and is accredited with the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. For more information, visit

St. John's College awarded grant

St. John's College has received a $2.5 million grant to go toward construction of a student dormitory and another $442,000 for student scholarships. The grants came from the Hodson Trust based in Wilmington, Del. Over the years, the college has received nearly $20 million from the trust.

The $2.5 million grant will go toward Gilliam Hall - the school's first new dormitory since 1954 - which opened last fall. Previous grants from the trust have funded renovations to the Greenfield library and wiring the campus for the Internet.

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