A. Blaine Hawley, principal of Red Pump Elementary School in Bel Air, was recently elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Gail Connelly, NAESP's executive director, announced the election results from the association's headquarters in Alexandria, Va.
Hawley begins her three-year term as director of Zone 3 on July 1. She will represent principals in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
"We have a responsibility to take an active role in our professional organization, and I view the position of Zone 3 Director as another opportunity to be a positive voice for principals," Hawley said. "As Zone 3 Director, I will seek opportunities to understand, represent, and advocate for the specific needs of all principals, not only in Zone 3 but throughout the membership."
Hawley has been a member of NAESP since 2000, serving on the Resolutions Committee from 2009 to 2012, and in 2011 she testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Hawley has also been a member of the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals, serving as president from 2011 to 2012, and has been a board member of the Hartford County Elementary School Administrators Association since 2008.
Hawley began her career as a teacher at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, before becoming a school counselor at Joppatowne Elementary School. She went on to become assistant principal at Prospect Mill Elementary School in 2000, and was principal of Meadowvale Elementary from 2005 until she assumed her role as principal of Red Pump Elementary School in 2010.
Hawley earned a B.A. in Family Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University, and an M.Ed. in School Counseling and her certification in School Administration from Loyola University of Maryland.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun