Mark Herzog, HCPS Assistant Supervisor of Science, calls Mrs. Roland “one of the
best pure teachers I have ever watched in action,” adding “there is something attractive,
in the best sense of that word, that draws the learner to the teacher and ultimately
makes the learner wish to be like the teacher.”
In the relatively short five years she has been at Edgewood High, she has secured
a Chesapeake Bay Trust to build a classroom pond, has won two curriculum awards,
has been involved in Marine Science curriculum writing, and was the designer and
creator of a “Dancing Nucleotides” DVD last year. The most well known of her innovations
is the creation of the Forensic Science course.
Both Mr. Herzog and her principal, Joe Schmitz, say they sometimes almost dread
calls from the innovative teacher. “I just know she is going to ask me something
that will involve changing the bell schedule, or adding to the master schedule,
or releasing kids from other classes for a period, or telling teachers they can’t
park where they’d like for a week, or otherwise disrupting a creature of routine,”
said Mr. Schmitz. “But, I have learned not to say no to her, because I can always
have confidence that when she approaches with one of her grand and wild schemes
that it is going to provide a special and enjoyable learning experience for her
students, and sometimes for the rest of us in the building, as well.”
EHS English Department Chair Beth Hoffman says she is not a jealous person by nature,
but truly envies Mrs. Roland. “She exemplifies everything in a teacher that others
in the profession aspire to be, and she does it with a grace and style each and
every day that compounds my envy,” said Ms. Hoffman. Even that ‘Science Diva’ sign
is misleading, said Ms. Hoffman, since Mrs. Roland possesses none of the snobbish
attributes of true divas, but “has a deeply held belief that every student, no matter
their background or personal beliefs, can excel in school, life, and most importantly,
in science.” Mrs. Roland brought the BioBus to Edgewood High so students could “live”
Heidi Marcotte’s daughter, Aliah, is a student in Mrs. Roland’s class. “She looks
up to Mrs. Roland because of the great example she sets and is always excited to
go to her class,” Mrs. Marcotte said. “She truly brings the art of science to life
– she motivates the students in such a way that they are able to achieve more than
they think they are actually capable of.”
Marie Koros Fields said her daughter, as a result of being in Mrs. Roland’s class,
now wants to go to college and major in biology.
Amanda Lucker is a student in Mrs. Roland’s class this year, after her brother had
been there two years before. “There wasn’t one day that my brother and now I haven’t
walked out of her class without a smile,” Amanda said. “You can see her passion
and love for biology – she has animals from little fish to snakes; (and) she even
put a pond in the back of her room with turtles and pond fish.” Even more important
to Amanda is Mrs. Roland’s “wonderful personality (and) unique way of teaching –
she’s not just a teacher to me – she’s more like a friend (because) she cares so
much for her students.”
Ana Bunger said she entered Biology last year expecting “the most boring class in
the world” but, now, “my life has never been the same since – without her, I wouldn’t
be taking AP Biology next year, or majoring in Biology in college (and) I would
not be so passionate about Biology.”
Adam Sitzes is another former student of Mrs. Roland’s, having been in her Honors
Biology and Forensic Science classes. Last year, he was Mrs. Roland’s student aide.
“During this year, I noticed how much Mrs. Roland cared for each of her students
– she had a connection with each one of them and knew each of their study habits,”
Mrs. Woolf said Mrs. Roland “will be the teacher who students talk about at their
20-year class reunion – her students know they are expected to put forth efforts
that match their teacher’s effort to fulfill the unspoken contract that Christine
has with them.” Mrs. Woolf said her colleague is a “role model for professional
development,” having lobbied to get common planning time for Biology teachers and
taking the lead for the professional learning community that focuses on raising
Biology High School Assessment scores.
Julie Wolf, senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at UMBC, said
Mrs. Roland’s “Dancing Nucleotide” DVD, with students playing different roles identified
by colored t-shirts, with an epic poem written and narrated by one of her students,
was magnificent. “I have met some creative and dedicated teachers in my dozen years
of teaching professional development biology courses, but Mrs. Roland stands out
as a real treasure,” Ms. Wolf said.
Mrs. Roland said ‘Lizzie’ Byer is her most memorable student, providing an example
of a student who was self-described “not smart enough” and science not really being
her thing; who, now, after success in three upper level science courses is a mentor
tutor for younger Biology students. “Lizzie has proven beyond any doubt that there
is no such thing as an ‘honor student’ or ‘dumb student,’ that there are no accurate
labels,” Mrs. Roland said.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 30, 2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PARTICIPATION
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2021
OPEN SESSION: 5:15 PM - 5:20 PM
This meeting will be conducted virtually with no public attendance due to the brief nature of this meeting
and the logistical issues regarding allowing public attendance in advance of the 6:30 PM meeting.
*The only item the Board will consider during this open meeting is consideration of meeting in a closed session.
CLOSED SESSION: 5:20 PM - 6:15 PM
BUSINESS MEETING: 6:30 PM – ADJOURNMENT
This meeting will be conducted in a hybrid fashion and public attendance will be permitted as explained below:
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:20 PM AND THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM
The Board of Education of Harford County will hold a hybrid Business Meeting on Monday, December 6, 2021, at 6:30 PM in the Board Room of the A.A. Roberty Building with Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance both virtually and in-person. A 60-seat capacity will be available to the public. Seats will be available on a first come-first served basis. The meeting will be streamed live and archived for later viewing on the HCPS Website.
Public Comment Participation Call-In Process
Community members who wish to provide comments virtually during the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting are required to register by completing this form Public Comment Registration Form.
Registrations must be received by 9:00 AM on Monday, December 6, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
Speakers are reminded that public comments are considered public information and, as such, are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all families with an email in our mass communications system on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
Please take a moment to review the following message from HCPS about inclement weather operations during the 2021-2022 school year:
Inclement Weather Operations 2021-2022
Below is the message from the linked video, should you prefer to read the update here:
"As the weather gets colder, we reminisce about 'traditional' snow days from before COVID, and of course, think about virtual instruction that took place last year- even on snow days! As we wait for those first flakes to fall this year, we want to give our students and staff a quick update on how inclement weather will be addressed this year.
First, thank you to all of you who completed the survey about what staff and families would like to see on inclement weather days this year. There are many factors that must be considered moving forward. One factor that must be considered is if we hold asynchronous virtual instruction, as most survey respondents requested, will it count towards the state required 180 instructional days? Until we can confidently confirm that is the case, HCPS will utilize systemwide closures on inclement weather days. These will ensure the safety of students traveling on buses and provide consistent messaging for staff. Systemwide closures mean schools and offices are closed no instruction, in person or virtual, will take place. Essential personnel will receive further instruction from their immediate supervisors when needed. Transportation services will be suspended. We will continue to try to make and deliver these decisions the night before; not only does this help families and staff prepare for the closure, it ensures our transportation department who transports students to many out of county placements that require bus routes beginning much earlier and lasting much further into the evening than a traditional bus route, has plenty of notice, too.
If conditions allow for a delayed opening or require an early dismissal, HCPS will conduct those operational changes in the same manner they will apply to all students and staff and essential personnel will receive further instruction from their immediate supervisor.
Again, if the announcement says it is a systemwide closure, all schools and offices are shut down and essential personnel will receive additional information from their supervisor.
If we can operate virtually on inclement weather days in the future, we will be sure to share that with you as early as possible."
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all families via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
We would like to announce a new feature available on hcps.org for those utilizing HCPS bus transportation. If your bus or bus route is experiencing a known delay, information will be posted as soon as possible via the School Bus Route Status button on the homepage. The information is designed to provide the duration of the delay and whether a bus replacement will be necessary.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to face challenges like staffing shortages in our transportation department. If you or someone you know is interested in training to become an HCPS bus driver, please apply at hcps.org.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all staff and families via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, all HCPS schools and offices will be dismissed 3 hours early. Schools and offices will remain closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, 2021 for Thanksgiving break. Please note, half-day PreK will NOT meet on early dismissal dates.
Please visit www.hcps.org to access calendar information for the entire 2021-2022 school year, or by clicking here.
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