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GOALS OF THE MARYLAND COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL STUDIES

  1. To promote and support social studies education in Maryland and the United States.
  2. To build a community of social studies educators in the state of Maryland.
  3. To advance cultural understanding through social studies instruction that teaches respect for human differences and an appreciation of diversity.
  4. To provide high quality professional development and instructional resources for Maryland social studies teachers.
  5. To recognize excellent social studies teachers and programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
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MDCSS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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 smccomb@mdcss.org

President-Elect: 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 aroberts@mdcss.org

Treasurer: Kim Popetz

Kim is the Director of Education at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in Calvert County. She has served on the Board of MDCSS since 2009 in an At-Large position and, currently, as Treasurer. Kim would like to complete the transition making MDCSS a non-profit organization and enhance our connections with social studies educators working outside of school systems.   To contact Kim, email her at kpopetz@mdcss.org

Recording Secretary: Cindy Waugh

Cindy Waugh is an 8th Grade US History Teacher and Social Studies Team Leader in Howard County, Maryland.  She has over 10 years of experience in education.  Cindy’s goal for the Council is to provide valuable information and professional development opportunities to educators across the state of Maryland.  She also desires to bring to the discipline of Social Studies the respect it has long deserved.  To contact Cindy, email her at Cindy_Waugh@hcpss.org

Membership Secretary: Laura Pinto

Laura is the STEM Teacher Specialist in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She has eleven years of  experience in Social Studies education as both a teacher and academic chair at Wiley H. Bates Middle School.  Laura’s goal for the Council is to bring passion to civic education and to prepare students for success in the 21st Century by providing teachers with excellent professional development.  Laura has been an Executive Committee member since 2011.  To contact Laura, email her at lpinto@mdcss.org

Member-at-Large: Dani Biancoli

Dani is currently an Administrative Intern at Hancock Middle Senior High School in Washington county Maryland. She has 11 years of experience in the field of education, 9 of which have been in the Washington County Public Schools. She has served on the MDCSS board of directors for 2 years. Dani is the Council’s lead contact for vendors and exhibitors for the MDCSS annual conference.  To contact Dani, email her at dbiancoli@mdcss.org

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 worried about the disintegration of civic literacy and social studies/history education in Maryland and the country.  She asks, “without studying our past how can we prevent the same mistakes and without the knowledge of our government how can we maintain our freedoms?”  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 two years. Fern hopes to continue promoting and supporting Social Studies and Civic education in Maryland.  To contact Fern, email her at fwolt@mdcss.org

Member-at-Large: 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 jellerbe@mdcss.org

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 tnelson@mdcss.org

Member-at-Large: Kimberly Eggborn

Kim is the Coordinator of Elementary Social Studies for the Howard County Public School System. She has 12 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 was determined to make Social Studies more enjoyable for both her students and herself.  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 kimberly_eggborn@hcpss.org

MSDE Liaison:

Advisory Committee Liaison: RaeLynne Snyder

 

Administrative Assistant: Barbara White

Barbara is the mother of five grown children and a recently retired middle school social studies teacher. Serving on the Maryland Council for Social Studies affords the opportunities to broaden the avenues of communication and advocate for social studies education.  To contact Barbara, email her at bwhite@mdcss.org