New charter school hires principal

The Baltimore Sun

The county's new charter school has hired the principal of Odenton Elementary School to serve as its first principal when it opens later this year.

Monarch Academy Public Charter School has hired Maurine E. Larkin to be principal of the school that is scheduled to open on Aug. 24. The school will initially house 195 students in kindergarten, first and fifth grades.

Larkin, who according to Monarch has more than 20 years of educational experience, said she was "thrilled" to be taking on the job, in a statement announcing her new position.

"The 21st century preparation at Monarch Academy provides students with real-world investigations, requiring critical thinking, problem solving and public presentation of findings and results in a child centered and positive school climate," Larkin said.

The Children's Guild, a Baltimore-based organization that specializes in teaching emotionally disturbed children, will manage Monarch Academy. Like all charter schools, Monarch will operate independently with a mix of public and private funds, but it must follow state and county school laws and regulations.

Monarch will be the second charter school in the county, alongside Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Hanover.

"Maurine brings to the Monarch Academy a unique blend of educational experience and innovation, a passion for excellence, a commitment to using research, neuroscience and assessment data to constantly improve children's learning, and a quality highly valued in today's educational world: courage," said Dennis Adams, president of Monarch, in a statement.

Before serving as principal at Odenton Elementary, Larkin was principal at North Glen Elementary in Glen Burnie and assistant principal at Park Elementary in Brooklyn Park, from 1999 to 2002, according to Monarch. Previously, she was a teacher for 12 years.

Larkin also served on the board of directors for Power Teaching in America and in 2006 won the Maryland ASCD Excellence Award. Larkin has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Loyola College in Baltimore and a bachelor's degree from Towson University. She lives in Pasadena.

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