High Point Elementary School
High Point Elementary School
 

924 Duvall Highway
Pasadena, MD 21122
(410)222-6454
FAX (410)222-6456

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High Point Elementary

 

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Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade

                             Administration                                     ^

 Mr. Merritt       Principal

Principal Merritt

Artist: Heather V.
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Gardening and biking.
Favorite Food: Chicken Parm
Favorite Book: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Favorite Subject: Social Studies
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Wehberg
Family Facts: Married with two daughters and a son.

 Ms. Savage

Vice Principal

Ms. Savage

Artist: Isabel M.
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Mr. Elsis

Guidance Counselor
 

Mr. Elsis

 Artist:  Alec R.

Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Basket weaving and collecting turtles.
Favorite Food: Garlic and onions
Favorite Book: Rasselas
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Teacher: Brother Antonio
Family Facts: One son, one daughter, and a puppy.

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                              Pre-K and Kindergarten                                     ^

Mrs. Melissari

 
 
Artist: 
 
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Walking and listening to music.
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Book: Charlotte's Web
Favorite Subject: Language Arts
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Krueger
Family Facts: Married with two kids and two dogs.

Ms. Vernacchio

Ms. Vernacchio

Artist:  Sabrina
 
Favorite Color:  Blue
Hobbies:  Traveling, reading, and Broadway shows.
Favorite Food:  Italian
Favorite Book:  Historical novels
Favorite Subject:  English Literature
Favorite Teacher:  
Family Facts:  1 daughter and a dog named Susie.

Ms. Stocks

Ms. Kotofski

Artist:   Zoe C.
 
Favorite Color: Purple
Hobbies: Cooking, watching football, and music festivals.
Favorite Food: Buffalo chicken dip
Favorite Book: Rainbow Fish
Favorite Subject: Creative Writing
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Alden
Family Facts: Both of my parents are teachers too!

Mrs. Matulonis

Mrs. Matulonis
 
Artist:  Trey  
 
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: My kids and softball.
Favorite Food: Chipotle
Favorite Book: Romance Novels
Favorite Subject: P.E.
Favorite Teacher:  
Family Facts: Married with two children.

Ms. Hesier

Mrs. Reed
 
Artist:  Mya
 
Favorite Color: Purple (Go Ravens!)
Hobbies: Sports, gardening and painting.
Favorite Food: Crabs, steak, shrimp, spaghetti, and mashed potatoes!
Favorite Book: Heaven Is For Real
Favorite Subject: Language Arts
Favorite Teacher: Sue Carneal Wegner
Family Facts: One son and a dog named Otis.

  Mrs. Meek

Mrs. Meek 
 
Artist: 
 
 
Favorite Color: Purple
Hobbies: Spending time with family and scrapbooking.
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Book: Amelia Bedelia series
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Shanfelter
Family Facts: 1 brother, 1 sister, 1 daughter and a dog named Princess.

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                                              First Grade                                       ^

Mrs. Morris

 
Ms. Barton
 
Artist:  Izabella M.
Favorite Color: Hot pink
Hobbies: Traveling and watching sports.
Favorite Food: Enchiladas
Favorite Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Favorite Subject: Math & Science
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Metzbower
Family Facts: My husband is from Scotland and we have a son, Harrison.

 

Mrs. Sprague

 
Ms. Keck
 
Artist:  Chloe A.
Favorite Color: Purple
Hobbies: Singing, theater, and travel.
Favorite Food: Chocolate!
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Favorite Subject: Reading
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Underwood
Family Facts: My family loves to perform in musical theater productions.

 

Mrs. Martini

Mrs. Martini
 
Artist:  Tori
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Bike riding with my children.
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Book: Elephant and Piggie series
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Mask
Family Facts: One daughter, one son, and one dog named Spanky!

Mrs. Surles

 MWHITE-SURLES@aacps.org

Mrs. Surles
 
Artist:  Winni W.
Favorite Color: Yellow
Hobbies: Movies and shopping!
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Book: I know why the Caged Bird Sings
Favorite Subject: Reading
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Dixon
Family Facts:  

Ms. Zimmerman

 
Ms. Zimmerman
 
Artist:  Sara K.
Favorite Color: Teal
Hobbies: Going to Orioles games!
Favorite Food: Primo pasta
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Favorite Subject: Art
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Briggs
Family Facts: My little sister is now a substitute teacher!

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                                          Second Grade                                       ^

Mrs. Gavin

 
Mrs. Gavin
 
Artist:  Gabby C.
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies:  
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Favorite Book: Bear Snores On
Favorite Subject: Writing
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Hackett
Family Facts: Married with two daughters.
Ms. Colvin
 
Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Playing sports, listening to music, and reading.
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Book: Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day
Favorite Subject: Social Studies
Favorite Teacher:
Family Facts: My family lives in Buffalo, NY. I have two sisters and a brother.

Mrs. Melnick

 
Mrs. Melnick
 
Artist:  Ashley
Favorite Color: Pink and yellow
Hobbies: Flower arranging, walking, and  collecting postcards.
Favorite Food: Crab cakes and fruit 
Favorite Book: History and Mysteries
Favorite Subject: Social Studies
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Stone
Family Facts: Married, one sister, lots of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Krick

 
Mrs. Krick
 
Artist:  Sharon W.
Favorite Color: Yellow
Hobbies: Snowmobiling, reading, and scrapbooking
Favorite Food:
Favorite Book: The Giving Tree
Favorite Subject: Reading
Favorite Teacher: Sister Mary
Family Facts: Married with a son and a daughter.

  

Mrs. Parker

 
Mrs. Parker
 
Artist:  Evelyn D.
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: My two children
Favorite Food:  
Favorite Book: Cookbooks!
Favorite Subject: Reading and Science
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Doan
Family Facts: One son and one daughter.

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                                             Third Grade                                      ^

Mrs. Morris

 ALMORRIS@aacps.org

Mrs. Morris
Artist:  Paige H.
Favorite Color: Pink
Hobbies: Traveling, photography, and bike riding. 
Favorite Food:  Macaroni and cheese!
Favorite Book: Where the Wild Things Are
Favorite Subject: P.E.
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Merrill
Family Facts: I'm half British and have a cat named Kairi.

Mrs. Whipp

 MTHACKERWHIPP@aacps.org

Ms. Thacker
Artist:  Delaney H.
Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Reading, running, and renovating.
Favorite Food:  Soup and salad
Favorite Book: Historical Fiction books
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Teacher: My mom
Family Facts: I'm surrounded by boys!


                             

Mrs. Hurman

SHURMAN@aacps.org 

Mrs. Hurman
Artist:  Cassidy S.
Favorite Color: Blue and red
Hobbies: Reading, going to the beach, and going to O's games!
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Book: Mystery books
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Stevens
Family Facts: I'm married with two daughters and a dog.

   

Ms. White 

Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Playing soccer, drawing, and shopping!
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Book: Oh The Places You'll Go!
Favorite Subject: Writing
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Truxon and Mrs. Kujan
Family Facts: One sister and six dogs!

Mrs. Sutton

 NSUTTON@aacps.org

Artist:  
Favorite Color: Mint Green
Hobbies: Sports
Favorite Food: Chicken tenders and French fries!
Favorite Book: Where The Wild Things Are
Favorite Subject: Language Arts
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Hambor
Family Facts: Married with two dogs.

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                                          Fourth Grade                                      ^

Mrs. Bennett

MDIBENE-BENNETT@aacps.org 

 
Artist:
Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Crabbing, crafting, and pinteresting!
Favorite Food: Ravioli
Favorite Book: The Notebook
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Teacher: My mom
Family Facts: Married with two little girls.

Mrs. Brady

 ABRADY@aacps.org

Mrs. Schwartsmann
Artist:
 
Favorite Color: Orange
Hobbies: Reading and walking my dog.
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Book: Nappy House
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Lane
Family Facts: My grandparents and parents are all teachers!

 

Mrs. Meeks

AMEEKS@aacps.org 

Mrs. Meeks
Artist:  Amalia S.
Favorite Color: Purple
Hobbies: Reading and time with my family.
Favorite Food:  Pizza
Favorite Book: Pickle Chiffon Pie
Favorite Subject: Social Studies and math
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Carson
Family Facts: Married with a son, daughter and dog named Gabby.

Mrs. Russo

KRUSSO@aacps.org 

Mrs. Russo
Artist:  Kaitlyn P.
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Singing!
Favorite Food: Lobster and chocolate
Favorite Book: Follow My Leader
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Miss Anderson
Family Facts: I have two kids and three perfect grandsons!

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                                             Fifth Grade                                       ^

Mrs. Cappellini

Mrs. Cappellini
Artist:  Breana P.
Favorite Color: Green and purple
Hobbies: Bike riding, running, basketball, and reading.
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Book: Summer of the Monkeys
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Dempsey
Family Facts: Married with a daughter who is studying to be a teacher too!

Mrs. Dingman

 TDINGMAN@aacps.org

Mrs. Dingman
Artist:  Caitlyn C.
Favorite Color: Pink
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, reading, and baking.
Favorite Food:  Pizza
Favorite book: Dr. Suess books
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. O’Brien
Family Facts: Married with two kids, one boy and one girl.

Mrs. Ferrell

BFERRELL@aacps.org 

Mrs. Ferrell
Artist: Nick B.
Favorite Color: Pink
Hobbies: Running and taking walks to the water.
Favorite Food: French fries
Favorite Book:  
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Schmidt
Family Facts: I have two kids and two dogs!

Mrs. Winslow

LWINSLOW@aacps.org 

Mrs. Winslow
Artist:  Kayla D.
Favorite Color: Red
Hobbies: Softball, reading, animals, and the beach.
Favorite Food:  Crabs, steak, and pizza
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Favorite Subject: Reading and Language Arts
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Hughes
Family Facts: I have two kids, three dogs, and two cats!

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                                                     Art                                              ^

Ms. Beddia

NBEDDIA@aacps.org 

Artist: 
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, and painting.
Favorite Food: Crabs and sushi
Favorite Book: The Dot
Favorite Subject: Art
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Howard
Family Facts: I come from a large Italian family!

Ms. Hopkins

AJHOPKINS@aacps.org 

 
Artist: 
Favorite Color: Maroon
Hobbies:  Snowboarding, painting, and running.
Favorite Food: Dark chocolate
Favorite Book: Crazy Love
Favorite Subject: Art
Favorite Teacher: Mr. English
Family Facts: I have three little brothers!

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                                   Physical Education                                   ^

Mr. Lathroum

 MLATHROUM@aacps.org

Mr. Lathroum
Artist:  Kym C.
Favorite Color: Hot pink
Hobbies: Sewing, knitting, and eating.
Favorite Food: Bologna and cheese
Favorite Book: The Only Way I Know
Favorite Subject: Art
Favorite Teacher: Dr. Kehrwald
Family Facts: One daughter, a pet walrus, and twelve cats.

 Mr. Long

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                                                 Music                                              ^

Mrs. Thorne

 VTHORNE@aacps.org

Mrs. Thorne
Artist:  Taylor C.
Favorite Color: Yellow
Hobbies: Reading
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Book: Gone With The Wind
Favorite Subject: Music
Favorite Teacher: Dr. Hartman
Family Facts: I'm married to a jazz musician.

Ms. Robinson

 SEROBINSON@aacps.org


 

Artist:                

Favorite Color: Sky blue
Hobbies:  Reading, writing, and running.
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Book:
Favorite Subject: Music and English
Favorite Teacher: Dr. Edwards
Family Facts: I'm the oldest of four and we all play musical instruments! 

Mrs. McCullum    Strings

KMCCOLLUM@aacps.org 

Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Exercising and reading.
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Subject: Music
Favorite Teacher: My music teacher
Family Facts: Married with one daughter.

    Mr. Maltese          Band

BMALTESE@aacps.org 

Artist:               

Favorite Color: Red
Hobbies: Playing the Sax, going to O's and Caps games.
Favorite Food: Chicken Parm
Favorite Book:
Favorite Subject: Music
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Miliauskas
Family Facts:

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Library Media^

    Mrs. Wise    Librarian

 JLWISE@aacps.org

Mrs. Wise 
Artist:  Cheyenne K.
Favorite Color: Amethyst or emerald green
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, and cooking.
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Book: Wonder
Favorite Subject: Music and Social Studies
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Wilbur
Family Facts: Married for 35+ years with two kids.

     Mrs. Dustin        Media Specialist

MMDUSTIN@aacps.org 

Mrs. Dustin

Artist:  Amalia

Favorite Color: Orange
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, sewing, and college football - GO IRISH!!!
Favorite Food: Salad
Favorite Book: Cutting for Stone
Favorite Subject: History
Favorite Teacher: Sister Mary
Family Facts: Married with two girls in college. 

    Mrs. Bennett     Media Assistant

 

Mrs. Bennett

 Artist:  Emily S.

Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Reading and Gardening
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Book: Mysteries
Favorite Subject: English
Favorite Teacher: 10th grade English Teacher
Family Facts: Married with two children and four grandchildren.

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                                              Office Staff                                       ^

Mrs. Corcoran Administrative Assistant

 JLCORCORAN@aacps.org

Mrs. Corcoran
Artist: Chelsey R.
Favorite Color: Pink
Hobbies: Traveling, Ravens football, boating, and watching my son play LAX.
Favorite Food: Steamed crabs and ice cream
Favorite Book: Charlotte’s Web
Favorite Subject: Social Studies
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Meeks
Family Facts: I'm married with two kids and a dog.

Mrs. Freburger Administrative Assistant

 JFREBURGER@aacps.org

Mrs. Freburger
Artist:  Makayla L.
Favorite Color: Yellow
Hobbies: Gardening and reading
Favorite Food: Veggie pizza, fish tacos, and popcorn
Favorite Book: Chicken Soup with Rice
Favorite Subject: Art and English
Favorite Teacher:  
Family Facts: Married with two kids and grandchildren!

Mrs. Stephens Administrative Assistant

PSTEPHENS@aacps.org 

Mrs. Stephens
Artist: Anna D.
Favorite Color: Pink
Hobbies: Reading and photography
Favorite Food: Chicken and crab cakes
Favorite Book: The Night Before Christmas
Favorite Subject: Composition
Favorite Teacher: AACC Business Professor
Family Facts: I have a daughter who is also a secretary for AACPS and a granddaughter in college.

    

      Mrs. Lupinek     LPN

 
 
Artist:
Favorite Color: Purple
Hobbies: Reading, walking my dog, and watching my kids play sports.
Favorite Food: Lettuce wraps
Favorite Book: Secret Life of Bees
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Bowser 
Family Facts: Married with three kids, one cat, and a dog.

     Mrs. Moreno    RN

Artist:
 
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Hobbies: Taking my dog for a run.
Favorite Food: Chinese food 
Favorite Book:
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Holland
Family Facts: Married with three kids, two dogs, and a cat.

Mrs. McCartney  Computer Specialist

 MMCCARTNEY@aacps.org


 
Artist:
 
Favorite Color: Purple
Hobbies: Watching football, softball, and reading.
Favorite Food: Crabs
Favorite Book:
Favorite Subject: English
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Vernacchio
Family Facts: Married for 42 years, two sons, and two grand children.

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                                   Special Education                                     ^

Mrs. Alfera 

Mrs. Alfera

Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, and traveling.
Favorite Food: Eggplant
Favorite Book: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Favorite Subject: History
Favorite Teacher: Dr. Sammons
Family Facts: Married with two children and a cute dog.

                               

Mrs. Trombly

MTROMBLY@aacps.org 

Artist:          
Favorite Color: Ruby red and blue
Hobbies: Running and hiking
Favorite Food: Watermelon and snow crabs
Favorite Book: The Little Engine That Could
Favorite Subject: Art
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Lathroum
Family Facts: Married with two kids!

Ms. Green

 

Ms. Green

Artist:
Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Golf and traveling
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Favorite Subject: Reading
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Slafkosky
Family Facts: 3 fabulous children, 8 brothers, 1 sister

  Mrs. Walter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artist:

 

 
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Crafts
Favorite Food: Crab cakes
Favorite Book: Stewart Little
Favorite Subject: Science and Math
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Parkinson
Family Facts: Married with three daughters and one granddaughter.

Mrs. Zoller Wagner 

ESOL Teacher

JWAGNER@aacps.org 

 

Favorite Color: Red, pink, and blue
Hobbies: Knitting and going to the BSO.
Favorite Food: Beans and Indian cusine
Favorite Book: The New Fast Food
Favorite Subject: World languages
Favorite Teacher: My mom
Family Facts: My husband speaks Spanish too!


 

    Mrs. Cottle       Speech Pathologist

 DCOTTLE@aacps.org

Mrs. Cottle
Artist: Jane L.
Favorite Color: Black
Hobbies: Home improvement projects
Favorite Food: Savories
Favorite Book: The Lucky One
Favorite Subject: Science
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Morris
Family Facts: Married with two kids!


 

  

 

 

 

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                                                 Reading                                          ^

      Mrs. Taylor          Reading Specialist

 LATAYLOR@aacps.org

 
Artist: 

Favorite Color:

Yellow

Hobbies:

Reading and dancing.

Favorite Food:

Crab cakes

Favorite Book:

Thank You Mr. F

Favorite Subject:

Reading

Favorite Teacher:

Mrs. Liter

Family Facts: Married with three children and five grandchildren!

 

 Mrs. Webster  Reading Specialist

MWEBSTER@aacps.org

Favorite Color:

Green

Hobbies:

Hiking, exercising, running, writing poetry, and reading.

Favorite Food:

Chicken casserole

Favorite Book:

Oh the Places You'll Go!

Favorite Subject:

Language Arts

Favorite Teacher:

Mrs. Cupek

Family Facts: Married with three year old twin daughters and a dog!

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                          Teaching Assistants                           ^

      Mrs. Allison       Pre-K

Artist:
Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Gardening, Jazzercise, and cooking.
Favorite Food: Ice cream
Favorite Book: Mysteries
Favorite Subject: Science and Math
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Warner
Family Facts: Married with two sons, one grandson, and two cats.

 Mrs. Smith    Kindergarten

 
Artist:
Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Running and reading
Favorite Food: Savories
Favorite Book:
Favorite Subject: Language Arts
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Zippy
Family Facts: Married with four kids and two dogs.

Mrs. Walton    Kindergarten

 mailto:CWALTON@aacps.org

Artist:

Favorite Color: Purple
Hobbies: Any kind of craft.
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Book:
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Virsack
Family Facts: Married with two kids and a grandson.

  Mrs. Lang      Kindergarten 

Mrs. Lang

Artist: Madalyn

 

Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: Running
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Book: Unbroken
Favorite Subject: PE
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Dillon
Family Facts: Married with one son and four cats!

       Ms. Councill         1st Grade

Artist:

Favorite Color: Orange and yellow
Hobbies: Camping
Favorite Food: Pizza and strawberries
Favorite Book: Love You Forever
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Smith
Family Facts: Engaged with three cats!

 

 

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