Bob Glascock has mixed emotions as he enters his final week as the school system's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Starting Aug. 11, the Ellicott City resident will head a Maryland State Department of Education program designed to help lower performing schools meet ascending standards.
"It's difficult to leave so many incredible people in the district," he said from his office Thursday. "I've built a lot of good relationships."
Glascock, 56, has worked with the Howard school system for 32 years. He will head the Breakthrough Center, an initiative that works through a partnership with the Education Alliance at Brown University.
"It's a big change for me, but it will be something that I think will be beneficial," he said.
Glascock came to Howard County in 1976 as a social studies teacher at Glenwood Middle School. He became the Gifted-and-Talented Program teacher for a middle school pilot program in 1985. He moved to central administration for the county in 1986. While in central administration, he worked in several positions. In 2000, he became director of curricular programs. In 2002, he took his current position.
"I've been blessed by being in a system like Howard County," he said.
School system spokeswoman Patti Caplan said Glascock's departure will be a tremendous loss.
"We are going to miss him terribly," she said. "He's just done such a phenomenal job here. He's one of our true leaders."
Glascock has been instrumental in leading the school system's efforts to modernize computers and software. During board meetings, Glascock would affectionately refer to students as "digital natives" and teachers as "digital immigrants." He was also responsible for addressing a problematic student data gathering system called SMS.
Glascock earned a Bachelor of Arts in secondary social science, education and Spanish at then-Towson State College in 1974. In 1980, he completed a master's in modern studies at Loyola College in Baltimore. In 1986, he received state certification in administration and supervision. He has completed 60 hours toward a doctorate in educational leadership at the Johns Hopkins University.
Glascock and his wife, Kathleen, a media specialist in the school system, have two adult daughters, Megan and Caitlyn.
"It was very difficult for me to make this decision," Glascock said. "I feel if I can make a small change to benefit children across the state it will be worth it. Part of my mission is to share some of my experience with others and effect some positive change. They're all our children. It doesn't matter where you live in this state. It's about our kids."