Volunteer of the Month
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Lee Rosenthal
The nature of Volunteerism implies going above and beyond expectations. At some point, all volunteers make a conscious decision to help others -- often without prompting and certainly without material reward. This decision alone is worthy of honor and celebration. However, there are some volunteers who have such a magic, such an unwavering commitment to excellence in service, that they manage to stand out even more.
Our Volunteer of the Month, Mr. Lee Rosenthal, is indeed this kind of standout. Today, we honor him for over six years of dedicated service to the entire Old Mill academic community -- including Old Mill Middle School South, Old Mill Middle School North, and Old Mill High School.
Mr. Christian Thomas, Principal of Old Mill Middle School South recalls meeting Mr. Rosenthal in 2011 when he volunteered to coach a united programming team for students of Old Mill Middle North and South during the Old Mill MESA competition. After leading the team to success within the competition, Mr. Rosenthal established a relationship with the schools that has flourished ever since.
A member of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Rosenthal is no stranger to selfless service. His dedication to supporting science and technology in the Old Mill complex has fostered a culture of interest in computer technology, coding, and cyber defense. In fact, he has been a huge part of the development of related programs and activities for Old Mill students and families. According to Ms. Marie Hartman, the STEM Department Chair for Old Mill Middle School South, Mr. Rosenthal has been the mastermind behind the school’s Annual Cyber Defender Expo, which is a community-based opportunity for students and families to explore areas of computer technology and careers in cyber defense. Mr. Rosenthal has served as chair of the now popular event that has occurred in the Spring for the past three years, and Ms. Hartman proudly detailed his hard work, sharing that “each year he pools resources and networks with industry professionals to secure donations”, and he also finds volunteers to support and run the event.” Under Mr. Rosenthal’s leadership, the Cyber Defender Expo has grown to host over 450 attendees, and it has helped establish a number of valuable community partnerships for the STEM program and the entire Old Mill school community.
In addition to all of the time and commitment Mr. Rosenthal has dedicated to coaching students, coordinating events, and fostering a culture of technological engagement at Old Mill, he has managed to find time to support the marching band! According to band director Brendon Mizener, Mr. Rosenthal has been an “indispensable” support to the Old Mill High Patriot Pride Marching Band, the Old Mill Steel Drum program, and the Old Mill Winter Guard. Ms. Hartman joins Mr. Mizener in celebrating all of Mr. Rosenthal’s support as she calls him “a man of talent, commitment, and dedication to helping youth find a path in the worlds of both music and cyber defense.”
Mr. Rosenthal, we thank you for your service to our country; to the fields of science, music, and technology; and to the students, teachers, and families of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
We are honored to celebrate you as Volunteer of the Month.