Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, PhD,, Mary Ann Hewitt, Bobbi Macdonald and Yasmine Mumby will be honored at the annual Women in Business Trailblazers in Education Awards Dinner Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Center Club in Baltimore.
The club will recognize these leaders for their unique achievements in improving Baltimore’s education community.
Grasmick was Maryland’s first female state superintendent of schools and is known for her strong focus on student achievement, teacher quality, and public school funding. Some of the pioneering policies enacted throughout Grasmick’s 20-year tenure include instituting an explicit pre-K-12 curriculum, developing statewide assessments, and holding schools and school systems accountable. Under her leadership, the state of Maryland received one of the federal government’s coveted Race to the Top education grants (2010), worth up to $250 million to continue building upon a solid record of school reform.
Hewitt is the executive director of the Maryland Council on Economic Education, a nonprofit whose mission is to assure that Maryland’s school children leave high school equipped with economic and financial literacy skills and knowledge. Mary Ann was appointed to the Maryland State Department of Education’s Financial Literacy Advisory Council. The Advisory Council was charged with the task to develop and implement personal financial literacy curriculum standards in all k-12 public schools in Maryland. She also serves on the Academy of Finance Board in Howard County. Currently, she chairs the program committee for the National Conference of Council on Economic Education.
Macdonald is the founder and executive director of City Neighbors Charter School. She was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of 16 leaders from across the country for the Children and Family Fellowship. Macdonald serves on the Advisory Board of Convergence: Re-imagining Education Project, on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Bank and is past chair and founding member of the Maryland Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Baltimore Education Coalition. Previously, she taught early childhood education and kindergarten in two University child development laboratory schools and served as literacy trainer for Head Start and the Children’s Literacy Initiative.
Mumby began her career as the seventh- and eight-grade social studies teacher at KIPP Ujima Village Academy and is a trained community organizer through the Industrial Areas Foundation and its local affiliate, BUILD: Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development. She also served as co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition and helped push the passage of up to $1 billion in funding to improve school facilities for Baltimore’s 85,000 students in Maryland legislature. Currently, Mumby develops current and former teachers as organizers as they strive to impact broad policy change in their cities. This fall, she will begin her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School.
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