AACPS Volunteer of the Month
Marley Middle School
Our Volunteer of the Month Awardee is someone who, at her first volunteers’ meeting, fully embraced an invitation to become Marley Middle School’s first AVID tutor. Since then she has, according to one AVID teacher, “exceeded all our expectations.”
Mrs. Donna Howard, you are that exceptional AVID tutor whom the Board of Education is proud to honor today as our May 2017 Volunteer of the Month.
AVID Site Coordinator, Ms. Bethany Siwajek, writes, “Every Tuesday and Thursday Mrs. Howard can be found working intensely with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade AVID students and assisting their teachers. She is now an essential part of the Marley Middle AVID program routine and success.”
Without fail, Mrs. Howard arrives for her volunteer duties early to ensure the AVID classrooms are totally prepared for their students and teachers. Thanks to her, Staci Stamp’s quick transition from a Phys. Ed. teacher in the gym to the AVID instructor in the health classroom is now worry-free. “She goes all out,” Ms. Stamp exclaims. “Tutoring groups are listed on white boards so the students immediately know where to go, and all supply caddies are well-stocked. This is a huge help to me!” Mrs. Howard further assists teachers and students by checking homework and classwork quality, while effectively guiding students to show their work.
With her friendly, helpful nature, Mrs. Howard has developed warm, working relationships with the students and staff alike. She easily shares and inspires students with stories of her own youthful learning experiences in military academy and draws on her wide-ranging knowledge to guide students to solutions.
Joe Holzman, AVID Elective and FACS Teacher, admires Mrs. Howard’s ability to bring her experiences to the AVID tutoring setting. “I’ve always been impressed by her skill as an AVID tutor and as an instructional partner with me. I mostly enjoy her warm, cheerful and engaging attitude as she helps each student accomplish their tutoring objective.
Bethany Siwajek agrees. “Through adept use of the rigorous inquiry-based AVID tutorial process, Mrs. Howard leads our students to deeper understanding of their questions. Her encouraging demeanor significantly contributes to our positive AVID classroom climate.”
Principal Kimberly Winterbottom whole-heartedly endorses the Volunteer of the Month Award for Mrs. Howard. She writes, “By building positive relationships with our students, Mrs. Howard impacts our students in positive ways that will stay with them long after they leave Marley.”