Marsha S. McLaughlin, who joined the county's Department of Planningand Zoning three years ago, has been appointed deputy director.

Agraduate of Duke University and the University of Massachusetts, McLaughlin, 42, joined the department in July 1988 as chief of the division of Community Development and Land Development.

Prior to coming to the county, the Lutherville resident was project manager for a quasi-public redevelopment corporation in downtown Baltimore.

She was also an assistant professor at Morgan State University where she taught urban design, land development law and development implementation to graduate students.

As a consultant for theBaltimore County government, McLaughlin prepared the preliminary master plan for Owings Mills.

McLaughlin succeeds Joseph W. Rutter Jr. and will earn $55,633 a year -- a raise of $5,000 a year over her present job. She was named to her new post May 27.

Rutter was elevated to the director's job last December. He was one of County Executive Charles I. Ecker's first appointments.


Two Howard County teachers are among 12 Maryland finalists for the 1991 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Carol Cobb, a second-grade teacher at Elkridge Elementary School, is one of three finalists from the state who are in the running for the award in elementary science.

Mary Jo Messenger, a math teacher at Centennial High School, is one of three competing for top honors in secondary mathematics.

Winners of the national awards, who will be announced after Labor Day, will spend a week in Washington.Their schools will receive $7,500 prizes.

Cobb began her career in 1973 as a fourth-grade teacher in Baltimore County schools and thenworked as a substitute in Howard County from 1974 to 1979.

She became an instructional aide at the now-closed Rockland Elementary School and in 1983, transferred to Guilford Elementary to teach a combined second and third grade. She has been at Elkridge since 1984.

Messenger began her career in 1979 at Atholton High School. She taught at Howard High from 1982 to 1988 and transferred to Centennial in 1988. She teaches general math, algebra for gifted and talented students,and honors geometry at Centennial.

Four presidential awards are given annually to outstanding teachers in elementary and secondary math and science.

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