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.
Families can register for the Family EdCamp conference online .
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.
AACPS is updating their plan and schedules. Please visit aacps.org/spring2021, where you will find the following links to the details of the changes:
Monarch Global Academy Laurel teacher Maria Cummings and Monarch Academy Glen Burnie teacher Sonja Bolotin are among 43 teachers nominated for Anne Arundel County’s Teacher of the Year. Monarch Global Academy Laurel and Monarch Academy Glen Burnie are charter or contract schools with Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Sonja Bolotin teaches second grade at Monarch Academy Glen Burnie.
“Mrs. Bolotin meets each child where they are, creates a safe crew where children thrive and brings students to success as they engage in meaningful work that makes a difference. She does this while contributing to a culture of personal growth for the adults at Monarch Academy to ensure that we hold ourselves accountable to our commitment to equity,” said Monarch Academy Glen Burnie Principal Kim Jakovics. “Walking into Mrs. Bolotin’s second grade class is a magical experience. There are few places where I would rather be.”
Through Bolotin’s leadership, second grade students partnered with an author and nonprofit organization to write and illustrate a book about bees. The book was translated into Amharic and then distributed to children in Ethiopia.
“Our students, with Mrs. Bolotin’s commitment and passion for relevant learning experiences that affect the local and global community, made that happen,” Jakovics said.
Bolotin also created a reading program called the Caterpillar Club to encourage her second grade students to be excited about reading as she worked to ensure that all read on grade level by the end of their second grade year. This program brought in community volunteers and partners each morning and made reading fun and exciting for children.
Maria ‘Conchi’ Cummings teaches world and classical language to middle school students at Monarch Global Academy Laurel.
“Sra. Cummings came to us with a wealth of experience in all things Spanish. In her time at Monarch Global Academy, Conchi, as she is called, has consistently demonstrated her effectiveness as a teacher through her strong example, tireless work ethic and high expectations. Conchi’s classroom radiates a warmth that embraces her Spanish heritage,” said Monarch Global Academy Principal Donna O’Shea. “She is a true leader and team player and supports the implementation of curriculum and instruction that is both rigorous and highly differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. Parents respect Conchi because she holds high expectations for her students. They appreciate her willingness to go above and beyond, so their children succeed in Spanish.”
Cummings’ students have consistently scored high on the quarterly benchmark tests. Her students said they can tell she loves them. Positive and calm, she allows students to be creative and experience different things, they said.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools will honor Bolotin and Cummings at its 35th annual Excellence in Education Awards hosted by the 21st Century Education Foundation on April 15, 2021. The event will culminate with the announcement of the 2021 Anne Arundel County Public School Teacher of the Year, who will represent the county in the Maryland State Teacher of the Year competition.
Monarch Global Academy Laurel, a public contract school with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, named Kate Dreibelbis dean of students. Dreibelbis is a strategic leader and behavioral specialist with experience supporting children with a wide range of behaviors.
“Kate comes to us with a plethora of knowledge and experience. She is leading our student support team, ensuring they are meeting the needs of our school community. Our virtual environment has created many challenges, and Kate has taken the initiative to connect with families for support,” Monarch Global Academy Principal Donna O’Shea said.
As dean of students, Dreibelbis works with students, family and staff members to motivate positive and appropriate student behavior and works with an interdisciplinary team to create and implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports schoolwide programs. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a framework for improving student outcomes.
Prior to coming to Monarch Global Academy Laurel, Dreibelbis was dean of students for the past two years at Monarch Academy Annapolis, which she joined in 2017 as a student support coach. Dreibelbis previously worked for the Episcopal Center for Children in Washington, D.C., as director of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, coordinator of behavioral support specialists and behavioral support specialist.
She graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in human relations and earned a Master of Education degree from Concordia University. Dreibelbis also has an applied behavior analyst certification from Penn State University.
Monarch Academy charter and contract schools in Annapolis, Glen Burnie and Laurel, Maryland, are affiliate members of The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, Transformation Education Institute and The National Children’s Guild Fund.