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.
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Following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in Harford County Public Schools, we want to provide additional information to students, staff, parents, and guardians.
If staff or students are sick, please stay home.
Bel Air High School: Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Fallston High School: Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
North Harford High School: Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Aberdeen High School: Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
If you have already registered with MAKO for a prior COVID-19 screening clinic, you do not need to complete the registration again before attending a voluntary clinic.
If you have not registered with MAKO, please click here for registration information.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say, “COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.”
Based on the CDC’s latest update, the COVID-19 Community Level in Harford County is “low.” When community levels are “low,” CDC guidance says:
Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
Click here for more information about CDC COVID-19 Community Levels.
Click here for a video message following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in HCPS. A big “thank you” to Ms. Abbott’s 5th graders at Ring Factory Elementary School who star in the video! #HCPSuperStars
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Tonight, February 28, 2022, at 6:51 p.m. during the Board Business meeting, the Board of Education of Harford County voted to lift the mask mandate in all Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) school buildings and facilities, making masks optional for students, staff, and visitors who wish to wear them. The change will take effect tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. This comes after conversations with local health officials following the Maryland State Board of Education and the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) vote to lift the state mask mandate for schools.
We want to be very clear: We support students and adults who choose to continue wearing masks in our school buildings and facilities. Now that the mask mandate has been lifted, this is a personal and family choice. Much like any other personal choice or difference of opinion, there will be no tolerance in our classrooms, schools, or offices, for anyone who wishes to intimidate, tease, or bully anyone else for their choice of whether to wear a mask or not. We ask all our adults to lead by example and all our families to have conversations with their students about this important issue. We must continue to exercise grace, patience, and flexibility with one another.
On February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) amended its federal mask order to no longer require that people wear masks on buses operated by school systems when they are carrying out school-system related business. As a result, effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, masks will also be optional on school buses, when those buses are carrying out school-related functions.
Following the current quarantine and isolation guidance set forth by the CDC, Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), students and staff who have completed their five-day isolation or quarantine period should continue to mask in all public settings, including schools, for five additional days. Additionally, all students utilizing health suite services will need to utilize a mask during their visit based on guidance from the CDC. Masks will be provided in health suites as needed.
Please click here for the HCPS Operational Status effective March 1, 2022. It is also available on hcps.org.
We have all been anxious to get to this point. Again, with masks now optional in schools, HCPS facilities, and on school buses for school related activities, we ask everyone to continue to exercise diligence, caution, and kindness, as we traverse the road ahead, HCPStogether.
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