Nominated by parents of two of her current students, Janice Cavanaugh and Julia Bopst, they say it is Susan
Healy's "openness" and her sense of humor that draws students, colleagues, and parents to her. Students in
her class write plays incorporating each member of the class into the process of presenting the drama, they
make candles, they churn butter, they plant and harvest crops, they have chess tournaments, they
pair with students at other grade levels - often serving as 'enrichment teachers' for younger students, they
express opinions in classroom discussions, they make puppets, they use state-of-the-art technology, they
take well-planned field trips, create bluebird sanctuaries, and they dress in character for the period they
Ms. Healy has a "genuine respect" for each of her students, striving to uncover particular talents in each
one, highlighting them to the class in building each child's self esteem. Last year, she volunteered to have
in her class, each student who had struggled during previous years in reading and, by the end of the year,
her students showed significant improvement. In writing about the most important quality of a successful
teacher, Ms. Healy mentioned "warmth" as the key ingredient.
She 'walked the walk' of her essay when one of her students recently invited everyone to a birthday party
and, when it appeared no one could go, she attended personally. Each year, she creates a personal keepsake
item for each of her students to remember their fourth grade year.
North Bend's Technology Liaison and a Fellow in the Maryland Technology Academy as well as a presenter in a
statewide technology exposition, Ms. Healy offers 'hot topic' sessions for her colleagues where less
technologically adept teachers comment on her relaxed manner and support that helps them learn without being
intimidated. She makes new teachers welcome by mentoring them and helping them to build their classroom
libraries. Her colleagues say her always cheerful attitude is "uplifting and contagious."
Ms. Healy, an eighth generation native Harford Countian who grew up on a local farm, is a member of the
County Farm Bureau where she won their 'Gold Award' for outstanding service, and is recipient of a grant
from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Bay Schools Project where she was honored as a lead teacher at the Bay
Schools Summit in Annapolis. She also has a passion for teaching Maryland history that earned her one of
eight state-wide spots in the Historic St. Mary's City Teacher Institute.
She has a bachelor's degree from Salisbury State and a masters in instructional technology from Towson
University. A member and officer in the local women's college honor society, she is an ordained elder,
deacon and Sunday School teacher who also directs her church's Bell Choir. She serves as hostess to the
homeless when they are housed at her church and volunteers at the local food locker.
North Bend Principal Steve Hardy calls Susan Healy's classroom "captivating" where students "reflect their
teacher's excitement and joy for learning;" adding, "through her sensitivity, compassion, and care; Ms.
Healy has developed positive bonds for life with her students." Acting Principal Gerri Pendill says Ms.
Healy has a "special gift" in motivating children to perform to the best of their ability. "No Child Left
Behind is a motto that Susan takes to heart as she encourages the success of all children," added Mrs.
Former North Bend colleague and current substitute teacher there, Brenda Patterson, says Ms. Healy "puts her
heart and soul into all that she does" and her students are the beneficiaries. "Susan nurtures her students
on a daily basis and is willing to 'go the extra mile'" by doing whatever it takes to see they are
successful, Mrs. Patterson said. "As a result, she has an excellent rapport with students and parents (and)
is a mentor to all."
North Bend special educator Susan Melefsky regularly teams with Ms. Healy in reaching all students. "One of
Susan's distinguishing trademarks is her ability to finely intertwine her 'own life stories and personal
experiences' into the daily lessons," said Mrs. Melefsky. "Whether it be about her tulip garden, church lady
meetings, or how she once sewed her finger and went to the emergency room, the students are motivated and
Colleague Elaine Garner talks about how Ms. Healy dresses as famous Marylanders from George Calvert to John
Brown to reach her students. Parents John and Sandy Palmer count themselves lucky that their two daughters
had Ms. Healy as a teacher, both children benefiting from after school instruction in the computer lab and
in cross stitching. "Mrs. Healy takes the time to know her children and to follow them after they leave
her," the Palmers wrote. "She knows what is at stake and how important her time in their lives is - she
makes the most of it." Another parent, Nan Hutton, had an older child go through Ms. Healy's class and her
nine-year-old currently in the class. "Susan has a unique way of making each of her 24 students feel like he
or she is the most special child in the room at different times," said Mrs. Hutton. "Our family has
experienced many great teachers - Susan Healy stands out above the rest."
One of her students, Danielle Hurley, says Ms. Healy "is known throughout the school for being a good role
model for children - she brings out the smile in others because she has a wonderful personality." Her
Highland Presbyterian Church pastor, the Rev. John Carlson, says Ms. Healy "brings a warm spirit and a
wonderful sense of humor to her chosen profession, both during the work week and on Sunday mornings.
In her essay, Ms. Healy says "enthusiasm" is the most important quality for the outstanding teacher. "In my
role as a teacher, I get very excited about creating interest in a topic and holding the attention of my
students," she wrote. "The true goal of education is to foster a love of learning and motivate each child to
use his or her talents to become a creative and thoughtful force in our society."
Due to an ongoing power outage that is expected to last for a few more hours, North Bend will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. TODAY, Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
Primary and emergency contacts for students at North Bend Elementary School will receive this message via our mass notification system.
12/7/2022 10:47:57 AM
The systemwide deadline to register for middle school basketball was December 2, but it has come to our attention that several families received inaccurate information with a deadline of December 8. We will honor the inaccurate date for those families who were misinformed. Consequently, registration has reopened at all schools, as we believe the inaccurate information may have been shared outside of what we understand to be the original distribution list.
Middle School athletics registration reopens today, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. and will remain open through 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, December 8, 2022. Click here to register.
Thank you to those who met the deadline of December 2, 2022. For those who received the inaccurate information, again, registration will close Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
12/7/2022 6:00 PM
The following message will be sent to all staff, parents and guardians, via phone, email, and text message on December 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.:
On Friday, December 9, 2022, all schools will dismiss 3 hours early for students. Please note, half-day PreK will NOT meet on early dismissal dates.
Calendar information for the entire 2022-2023 school year can be found on hcps.org.
12/7/2022 8:11 AM
The following message will be sent to staff and families December 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. via phone, email, and text message:
The window is now open to nominate your favorite teacher from this year, or years past, for the 2023 Teacher of the Year!
Visit hcps.org and click “learn more” in the banner at the top of the page to share a few sentences on why you want your school to consider nominating your favorite teacher this year! The program will look slightly different this year as HCPS will celebrate a night of excellence in education when the Teacher of the Year is announced. In addition to announcing the 2023 Teacher of the Year, we will honor retired or former teachers who will be inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame.
We want to thank HarfordTV who is planning to broadcast the culminating event on April 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (mark your calendar now!) via their Facebook Live as well as recording for later viewing. Local businesses and community members continue to play an integral part in showing our appreciation for our educators and we look forward to celebrating with everyone again this year! If you or your business would like to support the program this year, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nominations are due by January 4, 2023. Don't delay- submit your nomination here as soon as possible.
12/6/2022 10:55 AM
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The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
10/27/2022 12:38 PM
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