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Howard County school system names top principal, teachers of 2020

Howard County schools has announced its 2020 principal and teachers of the year. The winners are, from left, Nancy Thompson, principal of Talbott Springs Elementary School; Jerome Pickens, fourth grade team leader at Bryant Woods Elementary Schools; and Suzi Young, an English and environmental science teacher at Homewood Center.
Howard County schools has announced its 2020 principal and teachers of the year. The winners are, from left, Nancy Thompson, principal of Talbott Springs Elementary School; Jerome Pickens, fourth grade team leader at Bryant Woods Elementary Schools; and Suzi Young, an English and environmental science teacher at Homewood Center. (Courtesy photos)

The Howard County Public School System announced its 2020 principal and teachers of the year this week.

The recipients are Nancy Thompson, principal of Talbott Springs Elementary School; Jerome Pickens, fourth grade team leader at Bryant Woods Elementary School; and Suzi Young, an English and environmental science teacher at Homewood Center.

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The educators received their recognitions during virtual meetings Friday and Monday with Howard schools Superintendent Michael Martirano, other school system leaders and the staffs of the three schools.

“I’m incredibly proud of Nancy Thompson from Talbott Springs Elementary, Jerome Pickens from Bryant Woods Elementary and Suzan Young from Homewood Center for this recognition and know that they will serve as exemplary representatives on behalf of all of our educators and administrators,” Martirano said in a statement Tuesday.

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“Each of them embody the philosophy of leading and teaching from the heart and tending to the needs of every child they serve. They are wonderful representatives of the Howard County Public School System and the diverse staff that serve our county.”

Thompson, Talbott’s principal for 13 years, was nominated for her leadership style that combines learning, communication and care for her students and staff.

A teacher at Bryant Woods since 2016, Pickens is being honored for his ability to build relationships with his students and fourth grade team members.

Young, a Homewood Center teacher for 18 years, was recognized for her divergent teaching style and her dedication to her students and their families.

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