GOALS OF THE MARYLAND COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL STUDIES
- To promote and support social studies education in Maryland and the United States.
- To build a community of social studies educators in the state of Maryland.
- To advance cultural understanding through social studies instruction that teaches respect for human differences and an appreciation of diversity.
- To provide high quality professional development and instructional resources for Maryland social studies teachers.
- To recognize excellent social studies teachers and programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
President: Amanda Roberts
Amanda has 6 years of teaching experience in US Government and AP Psychology with the Harford County Public Schools . She has been a member of MDCSS Board of Directors since 2010. Her goal for MDCSS is to help social studies remain an important part of our schools and critical in the eyes of our politicians. To contact Amanda, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Elect: Dani Biancolli
Dani is currently the Elementary Social Studies Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Schools. She has 12 years of experience in the field of education, 9 of which have been in the Washington County Public Schools. Dani holds a M.A. in American History from the College of William & Mary and an Ed.D. in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has served on the MDCSS board of directors for 3 years. Dani is the Council’s lead contact for vendors and exhibitors for the MDCSS annual conference. To contact Dani, email her at email@example.com
Treasurer: Wendy Kanter
Secretary: Jermaine Ellerbe
Jermaine is an assistant professor at Coppin State University where he teaches Social Studies Methods Courses and supervises elementary student teachers. He has been an educator for 15 years and is also a member of the National Council for the Social Studies. Jermaine’s goal is to share pedagogical strategies through professional development for pre-service and new teachers. To contact Jermaine, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Secretary: Beckie Bowen
Beckie Bowen is currently the Supervisor of Social Studies for Calvert County Public Schools. Beckie began teaching social studies in 1997 and has been a member of the MDCSS since 2013.
Communications Coordinator: Ryan Kaiser
Member-at-Large: Fern Wolt
Fern is a citizen advocate for social studies who believes it’s not only important to voice concerns, but to get involved and act upon them as well. As a parent, concerned citizen and a small business owner, Fern is concerned about the disintegration of civic literacy and social studies/history education in Maryland and the country. Fern has been involved in many civic and community organizations, such as MSSAC, PTSA, PIRG, North Potomac Civic Association, BSA and the Gaithersburg Book Festival. She is a graduate of The George Washington University and has been an MDCSS board member for four years. Fern hopes to continue promoting and supporting Social Studies and Civic education in Maryland. To contact Fern, email her at email@example.com
Member-at-Large: Tina Nelson
Tina is a middle school assistant principal in Baltimore County Public Schools. Prior to school administration, she was involved in the elementary and secondary social studies offices of the county. She has been in education for 15 years, and involved in leadership of MDCSS since 2007. Tina’s goal for MDCSS is to continue to provide social studies educators with access to information about professional development and advocacy. To contact Tina, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Member-at-Large: Kimberly Eggborn
Kim is the Coordinator of Elementary Social Studies for the Howard County Public School System. She has 14 years of experience in the field of education. She began her teaching career as a fifth grade teacher and it is there that she developed a passion for Social Studies. She served on both the C3 Framework Teacher Collaborative Council and the C3 Framework Editorial Committee to review and provide feedback. Kim was also a standing committee member for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Civics Assessment for 5 years. She has been a member of the Maryland Council for Social Studies for 12 years. For the past two years, Kim has served as an advisor on the MDCSS board of directors. To contact Kim, email her at email@example.com
Member-at-Large: Robert Rook
Member-at-Large: Laura Pinto
Laura Pinto is the STEM Teacher Specialist for Advanced Studies and Programs in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland. She has over twelve years’ experience in education and holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and certificate in Leadership and Administration. She began her career as a middle school teacher, and has worked as a social studies department chair in an Arts Magnet Middle School Program. Additionally, she is the Maryland Representative for the Middle States Council for Social Studies and NCSS member. Laura is passionate about project-based learning and helping students find their civic voice.
Member-at-Large: Sandy Pope
Alexander (Sandy) Pope serves on the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education at Salisbury University. His primary duties involve coordinating the elementary and secondary social studies programs. He also supervises student teachers and is active in various civic engagement efforts around the university. Sandy has 12 years of experience in education but only heard about MDCSS in 2013.
Member-at-Large: Mark Stout
Dr. Mark J. Stout currently serves as curriculum coordinator for Advanced Placement and Secondary Social Studies for the Howard County Public School System. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Maryland College Park, with an undergraduate degree in Geography from UMBC. He began his career as a middle school social studies teacher, and has worked as a resource teacher for social studies and as a facilitator in professional development. He also served as an educational consultant, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, president and executive director of the Maryland Council for the Social Studies, and a coordinator for two Teaching American History Grant projects.
Past-President: Scott McComb
Scott is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Calvert County, Maryland. He has over 25 years of experience in education and has been a member of the MDCSS Board of Directors since 2005. Scott’s goal for the Council is provide a clearing house of social studies related information for educators, high quality professional development opportunities and much needed advocacy. To contact Scott, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisory Committee Liaison: RaeLynne Snyder
MSDE Liaison: Graham Long