Volunteer of the Month
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Tyler Bennett
The success of our high school Signature Programs is predicated on the partnership between school personnel and the wide array of business and community leaders that make up the Integrated Community Stakeholder Teams. These volunteers help to create, implement, and maintain relevant and meaningful opportunities for students.
We celebrate the dedication of one such volunteer. Mr. Tyler Bennett, the Board of Education is thrilled to honor you as our February 2021 Volunteer of the Month.
Over the past 3 years, Tyler Bennett and Compass Government Relations Partners has been an integral part of South River High School’s Global Communications and Public Affairs Signature Program. Mr. Bennett has worked closely with school staff, the Integrated Community Stakeholder Team and the Signature Program Coordinator, utilizing his expertise to develop curriculum overlays, classroom discussion modules and special events designed to bring the topics to life. Ms. Alli Holstrom, President of the South River Community Advisory Board and Founding Member of the Signature Program ICST, shared “While there are many examples I could share, one of the most recent – and most impactful – is the Government Summit held at South River School in December [of 2019.] This event allowed over 150 students of all ages to hear directly from their elected officials about community issues, legislation, and their role as citizens. Students worked in small groups with these officials to share their thoughts and feeling about local issues that were important to them, learned how to get (and be) involved in the political process and experienced the impact they can have when they engage in the political process. Mr. Bennett helped us organize this incredible event, bringing together 12 elected officials from the Maryland State Legislature, County Council and Board of Education to talk directly with students about how to make their voices heard and play a role in improving their communities. The passion and energy sparked in our students was inspiring, the likes of which I have rarely experienced in my 10 years working with the school.”
Inspiring students is clearly Mr. Bennett’s passion. Signature Lead Teacher Jenn Clark shared “I truly believe his greatest passion is empowering the youth of tomorrow. It brings him joy to see young people so involved with their surroundings. We have seen tremendous growth and success of students under Tyler’s mentorship. Many times, students have approached him with questions or vetted him for his help and he generously provides them with as much time and assistance as he can.” Former principal, William Myers also made note of this passion. “While Tyler volunteers his time with numerous organizations and initiatives throughout the community, his true passion is empowering youth; building their self-esteem and providing a strong foundation for their future through development of communications and leadership skills.”
Mr. Myers put in best when he said “South River High School is truly fortunate to have Tyler Bennett as a friend and champion and his value as a partner cannot be overestimated. In every aspect of his life, in every way imaginable, Tyler Bennett exemplified the spirit of volunteerism and leadership.”
Mr. Bennett, you are a great asset to South River High School and the entire Anne Arundel County Public Schools community, and we thank you for your service as a Signature Program volunteer and for your dedication to our students.