Thirteen new teachers, all from varied backgrounds, have been hired at Edgewood High School for the upcoming school year. But it seems one thing helped all to select Edgewood: the tone set by the school's leader, principal Kilo Mack.
Agnes Prosceno, a new special education teacher, told Mack that while in his office Wednesday afternoon as faculty and staff got ready for the start of school Tuesday.
"We chose it because it felt like family right away," said Prosceno, who is starting her 18th year of teaching and came from Seoul, South Korea, where she was teaching children of military personnel assigned to Korea.
"He's just really easy to work with," she said. "That is a priority for me."
"Awesome!" Mack exclaimed when he heard Prosceno's praise.
Edgewood High has about 100 faculty and staff members, and the projected enrollment is 1,410, according to Mack.
The veteran HCPS school administrator is starting his second year as Edgewood's principal. He praised his staff, leadership team and school improvement team for their efforts to get ready for the coming year.
Prosceno, 50, came to Harford County because her husband was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground. He is a Department of Defense civilian employee, she said.
Prosceno herself is an Air Force veteran who served during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 — she was a medical administrative specialist, and worked in a hospital built by the Air Force in England to treat injured service members sent back from the Middle East.
She left the Air Force in 1992, home-schooled her three children for seven years and began teaching in 2000.
She has taught in Florida, Kansas, Virginia, Hawaii and South Korea as she followed her husband of 31 years to assignments around the world.
Prosceno said she became a special education teacher to help her middle son, whom she said was a gifted student but also struggled with a learning disability.
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Inspire love of physics
McKinley, 23, is starting his first year of teaching. The Columbus, Ohio, native graduated from Towson University in May with a bachelor's degree in physics and a concentration in education. He lives in Parkville.
He completed his student teaching at Edgewood High. He will teach physics, integrated chemistry and, physics and geometry this year.
McKinley wants his students to enjoy physics, which he noted is normally a difficult subject, but that could change with the right teacher.
"I look at physics as, why are things around us happening the way they are?" he said.
McKinley noted "you get to play with really cool toys." He said students work with different types of equipment, and they can build items such as electric circuits.
"It's so hands-on, and it's so real life that you can't get away from it," he said of physics.
McKinley said he was inspired to become a teacher in high school, when he helped his chemistry teacher and tutored his classmates. He said his classmates encouraged him to become a teacher, because he did a good job of explaining subjects to them.
McKinley was educated through the UTeach program at Towson, a national program designed to train educators in teaching STEM subjects — science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
Towson’s UTeach program offers concentrations in math and science, and students can obtain a bachelor’s degree and complete the courses needed for a teaching certification in Maryland, according to the program's web page.
Students also get experience in the classroom early on; McKinley recalled working in a fifth-grade classroom his freshman year.