Education Notes


May 13, 2007

North Bend Elementary's Heath wins teaching award

Cynthia Heath, a special education teacher at North Bend Elementary School in Jarrettsville, has been named a winner in Wal-Mart's 12th annual national Teacher of the Year program.

The news was a surprise to Heath, who received a $1,000 educational grant for the school, a $100 gift card to buy supplies for her classroom, an honorary polo shirt and a certificate during a school assembly Thursday.

The award is given as part of National Teacher's Day. Through the program, $54,000 is being given to Maryland schools.

Since the program began in 1995, Wal-Mart has recognized more than 25,000 teachers nationwide and donated more than $18.5 million to local schools, according to a news release.

All local winners can apply for program's state Teacher of the Year honor to receive a $10,000 grant for their schools. Each state winner is entered into a national competition.

Elementary schools out early on Tuesday

Harford County public schools will dismiss elementary school students at 1 p.m. Tuesday for teacher planning time.

Information: 410-588-5203.

Notre Dame schedules open house for Thursday

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will hold an open house for accelerated college and graduate studies Thursday at the Higher Education and Conference Center at HEAT.

Presentations for the accelerated college will be held at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Information about graduate studies will be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The accelerated college enables part-time students to complete a bachelor's degree in nursing or business in as little as 2 1/2 years. The accelerated elementary education program can be completed in three years.

Graduate studies programs are geared toward working adults, with evening and weekend classes.

Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-532-5500 for accelerated college, or 410-638-2507 for graduate studies.

HCC commencement is set for Saturday

Harford Community College will hold its 49th commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in a tent on the campus grounds at 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

The cap and gown ceremony will honor associate degree and certificate graduates from August and December 2006, and May 2007.

Joseph N. Hankin will deliver the commencement address. He has been president of Westchester Community College in New York since 1971.

Hankin has a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences from City College of New York, and a master's degree and a doctorate from Columbia University.

His first administrative job was as director, later dean, of continuing education at Harford Junior College (now Harford Community College). At age 26, Hankin became college president, serving for 4 1/2 years.

Information: 410-836-4140.

HCC to sponsor talk on BRAC and business

Harford Community College's Small Business Development Center will hold a conference, "BRAC and Your Bottom Line," at 3:30 p.m. May 22 at the Chesapeake Center in Bel Air.

The conference will feature information on the military base realignment and closure process, known as BRAC, and its impact on the county's small businesses.

The conference will begin with a "meet and greet" with APG-related federal agencies and contractors. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the program will include dinner, an interactive panel discussion, and sessions on security clearance requirements, navigating APG and reaching the new residential market.

A $20 fee to cover dinner and materials will be charged. A registration form is available at

Information: or 410-836-4237, ext. 1.

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