We are pleased to welcome and congratulate Mark Hoffmann on becoming the new Board President for the 21st Century Education Foundation. Mr. Hoffmann is a Business Banker in the Treasury Management Division of First Citizens Bank, and has been a 21st CEF Board Member since 2017. Mr. Hoffmann succeeds Ray Streib, who served as the 21st CEF Board President from 2016 to 2020.
Below are questions and responses from a brief interview with Mr. Hoffmann:
Do you have a memorable school experience that has had a lasting impact?
"Several teachers stand out in my memory and made a lasting impact, more than any one experience. Specifically, the ones who really seemed to take a genuine interest in me... I unequivocally believe their passion for teaching and dedicated interest in my success steered me in a more math and science-oriented direction."
How did you become involved with the 21st CEF and AACPS?
"I wanted to be a part of something that really made a difference in giving back to the community. I wanted to set an example for my young daughter to see there was reward in helping others."
Why do you, personally, enjoy working with the school system?
"It is rewarding to see and feel the impact on the community where I spend 95% of my existence. The outcome and impact of the efforts of the 21st CEF are visible and tangible... I genuinely believe that being an educator is one of the most, if not the most, important roles in America. Family, home and school set the foundation for the future of our nation and bear the responsibility of ensuring our legacy. It is an honor to play even a small role in helping to make that happen."
What message would you share with other members of the business community about becoming involved with Anne Arundel County Public Schools?
"Get involved and don't just stand on the sidelines! Any individual or business contribution to the school system, whether through donation of time or money, absolutely makes a difference."
Our 2020 Excellence in Education Awards celebration is going virtual! Please join us on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00pm for a virtual version of the awards ceremony which includes remarks from Dr. Arlotto, greetings from the AACPS Board of Education, comments from 2020 Independent Schools Teacher of the Year Laraine Olechowski and 2020 AACPS Teacher of the Year, Emily Davis. Additionally, videos will be shown celebrating each of the 2020 Teacher of the Year honorees. The Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony will be a memorable night that will put a spotlight on education.
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