New administration, spirit at Pleasant Plains

With the start of school just days away, Pleasant Plains Elementary is beginning the year with a new administration, and the PTA officers are very much looking forward to collaborating with them.

Joyce Albert is the school's new principal, and Karen Looney will be working closely with her as the new assistant principal. Serving as co-presidents for the PTA are Nicole Thompson, of Knettishall, and Karen Williams, of Loch Raven Village.


"We are looking forward to working with this new administration to find ways to utilize the PTA as much as possible for the benefit of the students, teachers, families, and communities that the school serves," Williams said.

Albert will provide enthusiasm and fresh ideas for making learning available to each child based on his or her personal learning style, Williams said, and Looney will offer expertise in integrating individualized digital technology in the classroom.


Both Williams and Thompson view this year as a time to rebuild.

"Since we are all new to the job, we really have a lot of learning to do," Williams said. "We are hoping for a lot of parental and community support to be successful with the numerous programs we would like to offer our children. Specifically, we want to schedule more educational and fun assemblies."

Thompson sees this as an opportunity to revitalize the enthusiasm of the Pleasant Plains community.

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"I'm just excited to have a fresh start with the new PTA and new administration," Thompson said. "I've heard from a lot of faculty and parents that they are excited to see what the year brings. They want to get involved more than they have in the past."

Williams stresses that it is equally important for fathers to get involved.

"Every parent is vital to the success of our school," she said. "Many men are stepping up by becoming Watch D. O. G. S. Dads and volunteering their time to be present in the school during the day."

Earlier in the month, the PTA held two parent involvement meetings, attended by a diverse group of about 30 individuals, to introduce the new administration, review mission and vision statements for the school, update the school calendar, and review the school's Title I designation.

The first PTA general membership meeting at Pleasant Plains will be on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. The event is open to everyone who has an interest in the school, including grandparents, friends, neighbors, and community members. Free ice cream will be served as well.


The PTA officers are also busy enhancing their online presence with a new Facebook page and website (, which will be live when the school year begins. Good luck to the new leaders at Pleasant Plains!

On a personal note, this is my last column with the Towson Times. Towson is a community deeply rooted in the efforts of generous, supportive individuals. It has been an honor to share your good news for the last two years.