J. Sidena Bollias, director of the office of elementary education in the Baltimore County school system, died Monday after a heart attack at her home on Lowells Glen Road in Parkville. She was 45.
Services for Ms. Bollias will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Nazarene Parkville, 8505 David Ave.
She became director of the office of elementary education last year after serving as a supervisor there since 1986.
She began her career in the school system in 1968 as a fifth-grade teacher at Seneca Elementary School and later served as an assistant principal at Elmwood Elementary School.
In 1983, she was named principal of Seneca Elementary School after serving for two years as assistant principal there.
She was a member of the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals, the Maryland Councils of Teachers of Mathematics and of Math Supervisors, the Maryland Association Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Association of Central Office Employees, the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, the Maryland State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
Ms. Bollias was born in Baltimore. She was a graduate of Sparrows Point High School, and in 1968, of Towson State University. She earned a master's degree at Johns Hopkins University in 1973.
She was active in the Edgemere Free Methodist Church as director of its Christian education program and as an adult-class teacher. She also was also a lay delegate to the Maryland/Virginia General Conference of the Free Methodist Church.
She is survived by two sisters, Nancy Page of Waynesboro, Va., and Clara Swengosh of Perry Hall; and a niece.
The family suggested that contributions could be made to the Edgemere Free Methodist Church.