Education Notes


Education Beat

December 18, 2005

State taking applications for loan repayment program

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting applications for a loan repayment program for those who work in certain fields and provide service to low-income or underserved Maryland residents.

Through the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program, qualified applicants may receive up to $7,500 annually to repay college loans. Applicants' gross salary cannot exceed $60,000, or $130,000 if married. Eligible teachers must have graduated from a Maryland college and be employed full-time at a Maryland public school designated as a Title I school or one identified for improvement by the state. Special education and computer science teachers at any Maryland public school may also be eligible.

The application and list of eligible schools and teaching fields can be found at under the financial aid applications section. The deadline is being extended until the funds are awarded.

Arundel teacher Grizzell on nationwide expert team

Bernadette Grizzell, a special education resource teacher, will serve as a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps, a team of 70 experts nationwide who will provide school districts across the country with strategies for raising student achievement.

A speech and language pathologist, Grizzell works with others to assist schools in helping students overcome learning disabilities and read at grade level.

Grizzell, an Anne Arundel County public schools employee since 1991, will attend a two-day training session next month in St. Louis. In the spring, she will travel to training sites around the country to share the best practices in implementing cost-effective reading intervention strategies with special education students.

Martin Barr Adventist School sells citrus fruit as fundraiser

Martin Barr Adventist School in Gambrills is selling Florida citrus fruit as a school fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the school. The next order deadline is Jan. 10 and selection varies monthly. Information:, or call 410-451-0078 and leave a message.

Meade senior Ramon Santeliz to receive U.S. writing award

Ramon Santeliz, a senior at Meade High School, has been selected to receive a Merit Award in creative nonfiction writing from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

The foundation is dedicated to identifying and distinguishing students who are pursuing the arts, and Santeliz was chosen from among the top 10 percent of applicants. He is the only Anne Arundel County student to receive an award in any of the foundation's categories this year and one of 45 writers in Maryland selected for recognition.

A writer for Meade Mag for three years, Santeliz will receive a cash award, and his entry is being considered for publication in the spring.

Rockbridge Academy plans two open houses next month

Rockbridge Academy will hold 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. Information:

Sign-up for winter term at AACC is under way

Registration is under way for Anne Arundel Community College's winter two-week term for teachers, business employees, health professionals and students to receive training and advance their education. Classes begin Jan. 3 and end with finals Jan. 13.

Teachers and education students can choose from five courses formed to fit busy professional schedules. Telecourses are also offered. Information: 410-777-2222.

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