Monarch Academy Annapolis, a public contract school with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, is hosting a free, virtual family EdCamp conference on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for school families and the community to help them support their children’s education.
The conference will provide opportunity for families to collaborate with Monarch Academy Annapolis educators and other families as well as attend virtual workshops covering topics including academics, social-emotional needs, technology, and general school topics.
The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations, promoted Jillian Szczepaniak-Gillece to director of behavioral health services. Previously, Szczepaniak-Gillece served as clinical social work supervisor.
As director of behavioral health services, Szczepaniak-Gillece will manage The Children’s Guild Alliance’s Outpatient Mental Health Center and the delivery of mental health services and support to children and families. Szczepaniak-Gillece is a licensed clinical social worker and brings more than 13 years of experience providing clinical services as well as supervising clinicians, conducting individual and group supervisions, and working with interdisciplinary teams to improve outreach to schools.
Szczepaniak-Gillece has managed the medical billing for The Children’s Guild Alliance’s Outpatient Mental Health Center for the past eight years and implemented electronic health records and the use of communication and collaboration software. She joined The Children’s Guild Alliance in 2010 as a clinician. Previously, she worked at Sheppard Pratt and before that, at Martin De Porres School in New York.
Szczepaniak-Gillece is also a volunteer health provider with Give an Hour. She holds a master’s degree in social work with a focus on children and families from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree from La Salle University.
Monarch Academy Annapolis hosted “I am… A Tribute Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” a virtual event celebrating King’s life, contributions and legacy. At the event, three creative presentations showcased King’s youth, activism, and dream for the nation.
At the event, Monarch Academy Annapolis student Life presented “I am Young Martin,” community member William Rowell presented “I am MLK, Civil Rights Activist,” and The Children’s Guild Alliance’s Director of Admissions Brandon Turner presented “I am MLK, The Dreamer.”
Monarch Academy Annapolis is open to students who reside in Anne Arundel County from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
Located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis, Monarch Academy Annapolis is a primary performing visual arts school and follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which challenges students to think critically, and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local, and global issues.