Columbia principal earns state educator award
LINTHICUM -- Jacqueline Lazarewicz, the principal of Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Columbia, was named state educator of the year last night by the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers, also known as the Maryland PTA.
Dr. Lazarewicz received the honor at the Maryland PTA's annual convention at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel.
Ellen Rennel, a member of the awards committee, said Dr. Lazarewicz was chosen because of several programs she had launched at the school. They included a program that shows parents how to assist their children with learning at home, a cable television program geared to educating parents on current education issues, and a program to boost students' self-esteem.
"She is someone with a bigger vision of education, beyond just her own school," Mrs. Rennel said. Nominees were judged on their contributions to students, the school, parents and the community, and for establishing programs that have an effect on education throughout the state.