Halstead Academy, Lutherville Lab educators honored

Magnet Schools of America has named from among a six-state region, Jennifer Mullenax of Halstead Academy in Towson, principal of the year, and Deirdre Austen of Lutherville Laboratory Magnet School teacher of the year, Baltimore County Public Schools announced Friday.

The honors place the pair in the running for national honors by MSA, a national magnet advocacy group. The two were recognized in a region that includes schools in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as international schools.

Mullenax is one of seven regional principals of the year named by MSA. Halstead focuses on magnet areas of art and environmental science, and Mullenax has been instrumental in creating dynamic partnerships with Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence and other organizations to support learning at the school, BCPS said.

Austen is one of seven regional teachers of the year chosen and is a former Milken Award winner who leads students in integrated STEM experiences in the school's I-Lab. The school, which was named a 2014 National Magnet School of Excellence, specializes in science, mathematics, and communications magnet programs, BPCS said.

The association's national principal and teacher of the year will be announced during the organization's annual conference from May 15-18 in Hartford, Conn.

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