Prospec­tive teach­ers tour county schools

Record Observer - - School - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

STEVENSVILLE — Prospec­tive teach­ers from Bowie State Univer­sity toured four Queen Anne’s County schools on Fri­day, March 18. The plan to de­velop a partnership with Bowie State be­gan last year, said Brad En­gel, su­per­vi­sor in Cur­ricu­lum and In­struc­tion for QACPS.

“His­tor­i­cally Bowie State [lo­cated in Prince Ge­orge’s County] is a mi­nor­ity school,” said En­gel, adding Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Dr. Carol Wil­liamson be­lieves that de­vel­op­ing a partnership with schools such as Bowie will en­cour­age them to see Queen Anne’s County as a vi­able place to seek em­ploy­ment af­ter they grad­u­ate.

Wil­liamson, As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for In­struc­tional Ser­vices Gre­gory Pilewski and school board mem­ber Ar­lene Tay­lor, along with En­gel, par­tic­i­pated in the tour of Bay­side and Kent Is­land el­e­men­tary schools, Stevensville Mid­dle and Kent Is­land High School. The 29 stu­dents, who are seniors at Bowie State, were able to visit the schools and par­tic­i­pate in in­for­mal in­ter­views with the prin­ci­pals and ad­min­is­tra­tors at the schools. Re­sumes were also col­lected. They will be el­i­gi­ble for em­ploy- ment af­ter grad­u­a­tion this spring.

“The stu­dents from Bowie State were im­pressed,” said En­gel. “They said they felt like they could re­ally see them­selves work­ing here.”

En­gel said that even though Queen Anne’s county is ge­o­graph­i­cally close to the D.C. and Bal­ti­more area, he be­lieves the county is of­ten over­looked, and af­ford­able hous­ing for re­cent grad­u­ates tends to be a fac­tor.

En­gel said QACPS is work­ing to­wards a sim­i­lar partnership with Howard Univer­sity in D.C.

“It is im­por­tant to cre­ate di­ver­sity,” said Wil­liamson, “be­cause di­ver­sity ben­e­fits ev­ery­one.”

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