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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2011
Sandy John Sarantinos, a former Southern High School principal, died of leukemia Dec. 5 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Monkton. Born in Chios, Greece, he came to the United States in 1946 and lived with his family in Donora, Pa. "As a child, he would often spend the day at the movies, watching spaghetti Westerns so that he could learn English," said his daughter, Argiro "Argie" Sarantinos-Perrin of Bel Air. He worked in a steel mill and attended college in the evening.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Helena E. Sawyer Roberts Wright, a retired city elementary school teacher and principal who was an active member of Heritage United Church of Christ, died Aug. 18 at her Lochearn home of complications from heart disease. She was 93. "She was a pillar of Baltimore education and society," said Latrell A. Clark, an educator who had attended Hilton Elementary School from 1977 to 1983 when Mrs. Wright was its principal. "She made learning fun and made you want to come to school. " The daughter of John Sawyer and Clara Doyle Sawyer, who owned and operated a boarding house, the former Helena Elizabeth Sawyer was born in Norfolk, Va., and moved in 1929 to Lexington Street in West Baltimore.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
Howard "Bud" Ritter Jr., a retired Towson High School principal who had a second career as an antique toy and train dealer, died of dementia Monday at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland. The longtime Towson resident was 83. Born in Baltimore and raised in Rodgers Forge and in Stoneleigh, he was a 1946 graduate of Towson High School, where he played basketball and tennis. As a young man, he worked at the Bethlehem Steel Co. and as a Senator Theatre usher. Mr. Ritter enrolled at Towson State Teachers College.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Bernard I.H. "Bernie" Kramer, a retired Baltimore public school vice principal who earlier had been an English department head and reading teacher, died Aug. 14 at Autumn Ridge Nursing Center in Pikesville of complications from a stroke. He was 92. The son of Harry Krasner, a plasterer, and Vivian Levita Krasner, Bernard Herman Krasner was born in Pruzhany, Poland, which is now part of Belarus. He was 4 when he and his family left Poland and arrived at Ellis Island in New York Harbor.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Anne Arundel County police said Wednesday evening they had located a high school principal who was sought after relatives expressed concern he hadn't been seen since early Tuesday. Police said in a statement that Marc Procaccini, a Millersville resident and principal at Southern High School in Harwood, had been located and was safe. Police had sought to contact Procaccini, 39, after a relative told officials they hadn't seen nor heard from him since 2 a.m. Tuesday. Anne Arundel County Public Schools School spokesman Bob Mosier had confirmed that Procaccini requested and been granted leave from Southern High, but did not give specifics.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
Sister Mary Loretto Evans, a former principal of the St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore, died Oct. 3 at her order's motherhouse in Halethorpe. She was 91. Sister Mary Clarice, a member of her order, said no medical cause of death was determined. Born Atlanta Dorothy Evans in Montgomery, Ala., she entered the Roman Catholic religious order the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1939. She then received her new name, Sister Mary Loretto. She attended the Mount Providence Junior College in Halethorpe and earned a degree in education from St. Mary's College (now the University of St. Mary)
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March 17, 2010
Two education articles, "Principal signs up Filipino teachers to buy, sell makeup" (March 14) and "School system defends responses" (March 16) provide lessons in incredulity and in the denial of justice to teachers. The articles describe how a principal during the last school year asked teachers in her school to become salespersons for May Kay and had them purchase thousands of dollars worth of unwanted cosmetics. The principal, as a sales director for the firm, received bonuses and commissions on the teachers' purchases.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2010
Richard Holley, a retired city middle school principal who became an advocate for Frederick Douglass High School, died of cancer April 19 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 74 and lived in Northwest Baltimore. Born in Baltimore and raised in the Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore, he attended the Coppin Demonstration School and Booker T. Washington Junior High and was a 1953 graduate of Douglass High School. He earned a degree in Spanish from Morgan State College and his master's degree from Towson University.
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December 24, 2011
In reference to your article about two principals sued for negligence in the alleged bullying of two students ("Jury finds in favor of principals, schools in bullying lawsuit," Dec. 23), I know and worked with Charlotte Williams years ago. She is characterized as a true role model for other principals in the Baltimore City Public School System. She always conducted herself in a very professional manner with her students, staff, and parents. Ms. Williams always followed correct protocol and/or procedures in and every area affecting her school.
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By Liz Bowie | liz.bowie@baltsun.com | March 16, 2010
Though several public officials have criticized a city principal who recruited Filipino teachers to buy and resell Mary Kay products, Baltimore school board President Neil E. Duke said Monday that the system responded appropriately in its handling of the case and that the board would not investigate any further. "A very thorough investigation was undertaken which resulted in an appropriate response by the administration," Duke said, adding that he would not comment on what that response was because it is a personnel issue.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
A one-of-a-kind oboe belonging to a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was reportedly stolen outside a Montreal hotel Tuesday morning. With the BSO season starting in less than a month, she's anxious to get it back. “We all are very wedded to these instruments,” said Katherine Needleman, principal oboist for the BSO. “It's very special to me. It's the only one like it.” Needleman said the oboe was a prototype, made by Yamaha while she was working with the company in developing a new model.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | August 12, 2014
Ridgely Middle School principal Susan Evans has been named one of six finalists for National Principal of the Year. Evans, a longtime Baltimore County principal, will be one of those honored during a September awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Each finalist receives a $1,500 grant. The national winner will receive an additional $3,000 that can be used to improve learning at the school. The award is given by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to middle and high school principals.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
The teenager who died of a suspected drug overdose after a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion over the weekend has been identified by officials at his Virginia high school. Daniel Anders, 17, a rising senior at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Va., was identified in a letter released to students as the person who died Sunday evening after attending the Mad Decent Block Party music festival on Friday. Police did not identify Anders, but Hylton principal David J. Cassady Jr. said in a letter that the teen was "an important part of the Hylton High School Community" and member of the school's choir.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Dr. Richard G. Thomas Jr., a longtime Baltimore County educator who helped in the integration of county public schools in the 1950s, died Thursday of complications of a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Harwood resident was 82. The son of Richard G. Thomas Sr., a businessman, and Hattie V. Thomas, a homemaker, Richard Garnett Thomas Jr. was born in Anne Arundel County and raised in Harwood and Lothian. "He was raised in a home that nurtured and inspired educational pursuits, excellence, high morals and service to others," said his sister, Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley of Baltimore, who had been counseling coordinator for Baltimore County public schools.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has appointed Markus Stenz as principal guest conductor for a three-year term commencing with the 2015-2016 season. The German conductor, who is principal conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, made a sensational BSO debut in 2012 . In a statement released Wednesday, Stenz said that his "first encounter [with the BSO] in October 2012 is unforgettable to me. I loved the musicians' sophisticated and joyous approach to music making and look forward to experiencing a wide variety of repertoire with the orchestra.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Edwin Cohen, a retired public school, university and religious school educator and administrator who was also executive director of Camps Airy and Louise in Western Maryland for nearly three decades, died June 21 of complications after surgery at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown. The longtime Pikesville resident was 87. "Ed was wonderful, cheerful and happy. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious smile," said Floyd L. Herman, rabbi emeritus at Har Sinai Congregation. "He really cared about all kinds of people and as a teacher, he wanted them to be able to do their best.
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April 17, 2010
Montgomery County police say they are investigating the death of a D.C. school principal as a homicide. Police say a co-worker found 42-year-old Brian Betts dead in his Silver Spring home in the 9300 block of Columbia Boulevard on Thursday evening after he failed to report to work. Police say Betts' SUV is missing. Police say preliminary autopsy results show the cause of Betts' death was homicide and the manner of his death was by gunshot. D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee says Betts joined Shaw Middle School in northwest D.C. in the 2008-09 academic year.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
When John Thompson was growing up in a blue-collar area of Pittsburgh, he knew he likely wouldn't become a third-generation steelworker. Buoyed by his father's belief that teaching was an important profession, he took a circuitous route toward education - and he discovered a drive and desire to help the underprivileged and underserved. Currently, Thompson is assistant principal at Phoenix Center Annapolis, the state's only school that serves students with disabilities from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
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By Peter French | June 18, 2014
If I consider the span of my 59 years, there is an obvious theme: I don't deal well with authority. When my high school tennis coach wouldn't let me wear my tie dyed t-shirt to a match, I stormed off the bus. I was fired as a waiter after following a patron out the door to lecture her on how to tip. As a Baltimore City teacher, I left two schools because of my inability to accept what I considered to be overbearing principals. A third principal, spotting this characteristic, sent me packing before I could quit.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2014
Let's get this out of the way: A timpanist is that cool one in the orchestra who gets to bang on one of those huge drums in the back. Timpani has long been a big part of the life of 30-year-old James Wyman, now in his first year with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. When he was playing the piano at the age of 9, he was also playing the drum set. Moving on to percussion and timpani with youth orchestras in Cleveland, all it took was watching his teacher, Paul Yancich, the principal timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra, to realize that timpani was for him. And this weekend, his timpani will be paired with a Hollywood classic, as the BSO performs live as "Casablanca" plays on the big screen (performances are Thursday and Friday at the Meyerhoff and Saturday at Strathmore)
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