County welcomes future teachers from Bowie State
STEVENSVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Public Schools welcomed Bowie State University students to Stevensville Middle School in early April. Prospective new teachers were invited for the second year to learn about teaching opportunities in Queen Anne’s County.
“This is a great time to be working for the Queen Anne’s County school system,” said Brad Engel,. “There are many positive thing happening and we want the Bowie State students to see that we have a place for them in our school system ... we just needed to bring them here and the school system will sell itself.”
QACPS’ partnership with Bowie State University began three years ago when Engel, also co-chair of the Multi-Cultural Proficiency Committee, forged a partnership with the University. Engel was invited to speak to students at Bowie State in 2015 in an effort to share about the great opportunities in Queen Anne’s County. With Dr. Lynne Long, department chair of Education at Bowie State University, Engel worked together to plan a day where students from BSU would come to spend the day in Queen Anne’s getting to know the schools, the staff and students.
The first partnership day was held last year around the same time. According to Engel the event was a great success and the 40 students who came from BSU had the opportunity to interview with school administrators and supervisors and take a tour of a few of the elementary, middle and high Schools.
As a result, Dannan Jones, graduate at BSU, was hired at BaySide Elementary School. “Danaan shared with me that he was so impressed with the staff and the warm welcome he was given that he really felt like his was a place where he would like to start his career.” said Engel.
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for QACPS Janet Pauls co-chairs the Education That is Multi-Cultural Committee with Engel. “Ms. Pauls has been very instrumental in the development of this work,” said Engel. The commitment to developing goals and an action plan for the school system has allowed us to move forward in our efforts, he added.
We have four goals: to reduce the drop-out rate of African American students, to reduce the number of disproportionate suspensions of African American students, to increase the numbers of African American students participating in honors classes and to increase the diversity of the teaching, counseling and administrative staff in Queen Anne’s County ... This, said Engel, is where the Bowie Partnership Day connects to the work of the Education that is Multicultural Committee.
“The current diversity of the teaching staff does not reflect the student population and the community,”said Engel.
According to Engel, the arrival of Greg Pilewski, Interim Superintendent of Schools, to the Queen Anne’s County School system has been instrumental in meeting these goals. “When Mr. Pilewski started here almost two years ago ... on the first day he was on the job he shared with me is commitment to bringing equity and diversity to Queen Anne’s County, and he has kept his word,” said Engel. “Many of these positive new changes are occurring under his leadership and we are following his direction ... I feel very fortunate to be working so closely on this issue with both Mr. Pilewski and Ms. Pauls,” Engel added.
Engel believes, the Bowie Partnership Day is reflective of the culture changes within the school system. Staff at all schools have been receiving cultural diversity training put in place according to a plan developed by Pilewski and Pauls to increase the professional development of all staff and provide equity to all students, said Engel.
Students from Bowie State University break out into group sessions with administrators and faculty from Queen Anne’s Public Schools.
Stevensville Middle School Supervisor of Science, Health and Physical Education, Michael Page enthusiastically presents his love of education to prospective new teachers.
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, Janet Pauls, welcomes students from Bowie State University to Stevensville Middle School and QACPS. Pauls also cochairs the Education That is Multi-Cultural Committee.