Teachers in Anne Arundel County returned to their classrooms this week to prepare for the more than 79,000 students who will join them next week when the 2013-2014 school year kicks off.
There are more than 500 new teachers in the system this year and a new interim superintendent – Mamie J. Perkins. Also new will be the county’s first middle school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) magnet program, opening at Old Mill Middle School South, and the opening of the Phoenix Academy, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide opportunities for special education and alternative education students to excel.
“This is an exciting time for all of us in education, and there isn’t a single educator anywhere who doesn’t look forward to the first day of school,” said Ms. Perkins, who started in her position on Aug. 1. “I am very much looking forward to visiting schools next week and to seeing the smiling faces of students, teachers, and all of our employees. I think it’s going to be a great year.”