2024 Nominations are now open!
Ellen Berg is a dedicated Harford County Public Schools Bus Driver who has been making a difference
in the lives of her students for many years. Originally from Fairfax, VA, she moved to Forrest Hill
in 1989 and has been a resident of the area ever since.
Ellen started her career with HCPS as an attendant for 8 years before transitioning into bus driver
position. She has been driving for 6 years. She takes pride in making bus rides fun and enjoyable for
her students. She often uses reward stickers and prizes to add to the excitement. Ellen’s passion for
her job shines through in everything she does. She has been recognized by the schools she services
many times for her outstanding work with the special needs students on her bus.
In her free time, Ellen enjoys reading and attending family events. Her husband Jeff is a local Pastor,
and they have been married for 49 years. Ellen also has four adult children; Tim, Josh, Lauren, and Joy;
and eight amazing grandchildren. She is immensely proud of her children’s achievements and
For any new driver staring out in the field, Ellen recommends binge-watching the show Super Nanny,
as it offers many valuable tips and tricks for working with children. With her wealth of experience
and passion for her work, Ellen Berg is truly a remarkable individual who has made a positive impact
on the lives of not only the students she serves, but the entire community.
Jackie Cassady has dedicated 37 years of her life to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the special
needs children transported by Harford County Public Schools. Born and raised in Havre De Grace,
Jackie began her career in 1986.
Despite the challenges and changes that have come with nearly four decades on the job, Jackie still
loves what she does, and has watched countless children grow up over the years. In addition to her
role as a bus attendant, Jackie is a proud mother of four children; Danielle, Jaime, Miranda, and
Marty; and has been blessed with six granddaughters.
When she is not working or spending time with her family, Jackie enjoys pursuing her passion for
gardening and crafting. And even though she works though the summer, she always looks forward to
taking a summer trip with her friends.
Asked what advice she would give to a new driver or attendant, Jackie’s answer was simple:
“Pack your patience, be kind.” It is a reflection of the care and compassion that has earned
her the nickname “Bus mother” among the children and families she serves. Jackie is a beloved
fixture in her community, and an inspiration.
Amanda DeVincentz has been a bus driver for A. M. Harris Bus, Inc. and Harford County Public Schools
for almost 10 years. Born and raised in the North Harford area, Amanda is a familiar face in the
community and is well loved by the students she transports to and from school every day.
Amanda’s journey as a bus driver began when her neighbors suggested she apply for the job. She
quickly fell in love with the roll and the daily conversations she has with her students. Her
driver trainer, Mary Waddell, played a pivotal role in Amanda’s personal life as well. Mary
introduced her to her son, James, who is now Amanda’s husband.
Amanda is a devoted mother to her 15-year-old son Dillon and loves spending time with him and her
husband. They enjoy playing video games and challenging each other. She also has a creative side
and enjoys making crafts and bringing her ideas to life. She believes that creativity is an essential
part of her life, and she encourages her students to explore their creative sides as well. Last fall,
Amanda decorated her bus for the “Trunk or Treat” event at Red Pump Elementary School, which was a
huge success. She was even invited to participate in the Trunk or Treat event at the HCPS Building,
where her bus was a hit. She already is planning her next decorating adventure and is looking forward
to a memorable experience for her students.
As a seasoned bus driver, Amanda has a few words of advice for new drivers: setting boundaries with
students, respecting them, and treating them with kindness and understanding. Her approach has earned
her the respect and admiration of her students, parents, and colleagues.
Marianne Gallina is a dedicated Bus Attendant for Harford County Public Schools. She is originally
from Middletown, NJ and moved to Maryland 12 years ago. Marianne has been working as a Bus Attendant
for three years, after being encouraged to accept the position by Transportation Coordinator, Tina
Hockaday. She finds joy in her relationships with the children and loves the fact that every day is
Outside of work, Marianne will be celebrating her 28th wedding anniversary this July with her husband
Jack. She has a son named John III, who is 26, and a daughter named Bridget, who is 24. She also has
a black lab named Maggie May (yes, from the Rod Stewart song). Marianne loves spending time with her
family at the beach, and she walks three miles a day to stay healthy.
Marianne’s recent accomplishment is losing 77 pounds. She believes it is a testament to her discipline
and commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle. She is always willing to share her knowledge and
experience with others and encourages new attendants to smile and be consistent for the children
Marianne’s energetic personality and dedication always shines through in her work.
Shelley Mays-Wyatt is a Harford County Public School Bus Driver with a passion for ensuring the safety
and well-being of the children she transports. She was born and raised in Baltimore County on a farm.
She moved to Harford County 26 years ago and has been a resident ever since.
Shelley has been driving buses for 8 years, and shared she feels like she owes her driving skills to
her trainer, Denise Ajello. She takes great pride in her work and is dedicated to being the best bus
driver she can be.
Outside of work, Shelley is a proud mother of two children. Her son Zachary is 19 years old and her
daughter Sydney is 24 years old. She also has a boxer named Elsie “Ray” who is a cherished member of
the family. Her favorite place to be is outdoors with her family and the animals she loves.
Shelley draws her inspiration from her mother Joyce, who was a special need bus driver for Baltimore
County. Joyce is Shelley’s biggest inspiration and her best friend. Joyce taught her the importance
of patience, kindness, and empathy especially when transporting special needs children.
When asked what advice she would give to a new bus driver, Shelley reflected on a recent incident
that occurred on a roadway and she emphasized the importance of “trusting your instincts to protect
the children”. Safety is always her top priority, and she strives to make each ride as comfortable
as possible for the students on her bus.
Cheryl Rappazzo is a dedicated Bus Driver for Moxley Transportation, LLC and Harford County Public
Schools with over 9 years of experience. She was born and raised in the Carney area of Baltimore
County. Cheryl started as a “Mommy Helper” in 1996, which paved the way for her success as a bus
driver. She received her CDL license on Halloween in 2014, and she has been treating her students
to a safe and supportive bus ride ever since.
Cheryl finds immense joy in watching her students grow and helping make their ride to school a fun
and enjoyable experience. She often engages her students in games and activities, creating a
family-like atmosphere on her bus. Her commitment to her job and her students has earned her the
respect and admiration of colleagues and parents alike.
Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her fiancé Andre, her son Michael, and her daughter
in law Annie. During the summer months, Cheryl and her sister plan adventurous trips for their
families. Cheryl’s love for gardening and cooking is well known amongst her friends and family.
She has a special fondness for Cheese Whiz, which she believes makes everything taste better.
When asked what advice she would give to a new driver, Cheryl’s response was “give it time”. She
believes that the children are worth every effort and encourages new drivers to be patient and kind
as they build relationships with their students. Cheryl’s passion for her job and her love for her
students is an inspiration to all who know her.
11/28/2023 5:00 PM
11/28/2023 2:00 PM
All Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) students are assigned an iPad, Chromebook, or Dell laptop to use for the 2023-2024 school year. Your student’s device came with a copy of the Student Device Agreement and Protection Plan. As noted in this agreement, in accordance with Board of Education policy, Use of Equipment/Materials by Students, the parent/guardian will be responsible for all damage or loss to an HCPS owned device, whether in or out of school.
HCPS is offering the option to purchase a device protection plan. Please log into your School Cash Online account for each student to find this item available for purchase. If you have already purchased the protection plan, you may DISREGARD this message. The item will no longer be available for purchase in your account.
This option is available to purchase at a discount for $20 through October 31, 2023, or for $50.00 if purchased November 1, 2023, through January 31, 2024.
*Cost without the device protection plan: Repair - $150 An invoice will be sent to the email on file from StudentDevices@hcps.org.
If you apply and are approved for free and reduced meals, you will automatically receive the device protection plan. The application can be found at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict.
The fee for the protection plan is per student for the entire school year and is non-refundable. This plan will cover the cost of two incidents of accidental damage to the device, if submitted for repair with the service tag visible. The plan will not cover any intentional damages.
Replacement costs for a device beyond repair, lost, or stolen are:
Charger - $36
Chromebook/laptop - $300
Dell Precision laptop - $1,400
Apple iPad - $399
Please note: Lost or stolen items ARE NOT covered by the device protection plan.
We encourage you to review and consider the optional device protection plan by the due dates.
Click here to view a short video about OPTIONAL PURCHASES FOR FAMILIES.
Any questions can be directed to email@example.com.
10/24/2023 5:00 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
For the 2024-2025 school year, 8th grade students who are applying to the Teacher Academy of Maryland Magnet may be offered seats in either Edgewood High School or North Harford High School via an established lottery process.
Students currently enrolled in TAM at Harford Technical High School will continue the program at Harford Technical high School through their graduation.
9/5/2023 5:30 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians of fifth-grade students,
This school year, your student will take part in an amazing opportunity at Harford Glen Environmental Education Center. The Fifth Grade Residential Outdoor Education Program is an overnight program and part of your student’s Environmental Stewardship unit. The hands-on learning opportunities at Harford Glen cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Staff at Harford Glen will host eight Open Houses for you to bring your student, learn about the program and visit the facility.
The Open Houses should take approximately 30 minutes and are self-guided, allowing you to explore the grounds, and facilities, on your own. Harford Glen staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Open House dates:
- Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 16, 2024 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
If Harford County Public Schools closes schools on any of the above dates, the Open House that day will be canceled.
For more information about the Harford Glen programs, click here.
8/29/2023 5:00 PM
8/21/2023 9:31 AM
Please be advised that we have been made aware of unauthorized web sites and smart phone apps that accept Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) student credentials, potentially stealing your students’ credentials and or misusing them.
Parents and guardians should check their student's personal devices for apps and web site access to prevent them from unknowingly giving access to their personal information. We use security measures on HCPS devices to ensure this doesn’t happen, but we can’t protect your personal devices. Only you can ensure your student isn’t using an app or visiting a site that may be collecting information in the background!
All HCPS approved apps and platforms are listed on hcps.org; if we haven’t endorsed it, don’t use it. If you want to ask about a specific app/platform, contact User.Support@hcps.org.
8/10/2023 11:27 AM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Harford County Public Schools, with support from a generous grant from the Harford County Health Department, is pleased to offer Care Solace to all students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their care companion team is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances and even options for those without insurance. This referral process is at no cost to you or the school system.
For more information on Care Solace, how to connect someone, or how to utilize Care Solace yourself, please watch this Parent Academy Real Talk video.
Parents/guardians and staff may access Care Solace services by utilizing the Care Solace website or calling (888) 515-0595. Support is available in 200+ languages. Parents/guardians can also call their child’s school to have administration or student services staff complete a referral on their behalf.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
6/13/2023 5:00 PM
The following communication was sent to families on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 5 p.m.:
During the most recent legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly moved the date of the primary election for the State of Maryland. As a result, the primary elections will be held on May 14, 2023, instead of April 23, 2024.
The Board of Education of Harford County (BOE) originally approved the 2023-2024 school year calendar at the Board of Education Business Meeting on December 19, 2022. As a result of the election date change, the BOE voted on Monday, May 22, 2023, to make the following adjustment to the 2023-2024 school year calendar:
HCPS schools and offices will be open on April 23, 2024, and schools and offices will be closed on May 14, 2024, to allow our schools to to function as polling places for the election.
Calendar information can be found here.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
5/31/2023 5:00 PM
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