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Heart of the School Awards recognizes dedicated educators

From left, Olia Hardy, principal at William Paca Elementary/Middle School; Erika Parker; principal at Lakewood Elementary School; and Diana Good attended the 2019 Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

From left, Olia Hardy, principal at William Paca Elementary/Middle School; Erika Parker; principal at Lakewood Elementary School; and Diana Good attended the 2019 Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

2019 Heart of the School Award winners were, from left, Danielle Tillman-Cromartie, Harford Heights Elementary; Francesca Gamber, Bard Hight School Early College; Chad Kramer, Patterson Park Public Charter School; Zulema Sockwell Moore, William S. Baer School; and Patricia Burrell, North Bend Elementary Middle School. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

2019 Heart of the School Award winners were, from left, Danielle Tillman-Cromartie, Harford Heights Elementary; Francesca Gamber, Bard Hight School Early College; Chad Kramer, Patterson Park Public Charter School; Zulema Sockwell Moore, William S. Baer School; and Patricia Burrell, North Bend Elementary Middle School. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore was again the host site for the 2019 Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore was again the host site for the 2019 Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

Art With a Heart colleagues Danyett Tucker, program director, and Randi Pupkin, executive director and founder, attended the Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

Art With a Heart colleagues Danyett Tucker, program director, and Randi Pupkin, executive director and founder, attended the Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

Dr. Sonja Santelises, left, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, spends time with Paul Wolman; co-founder of the Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

Dr. Sonja Santelises, left, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, spends time with Paul Wolman; co-founder of the Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

From left, Sarah Heaton, director of strategy and continuous improvement with Baltimore City Public Schools; Roger Schulman, president and CEO of the Fund for Educational Excellence; and Pete DeCandia, program director for student athlete development with the Fund for Educational Excellence, smile for the camera at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

From left, Sarah Heaton, director of strategy and continuous improvement with Baltimore City Public Schools; Roger Schulman, president and CEO of the Fund for Educational Excellence; and Pete DeCandia, program director for student athlete development with the Fund for Educational Excellence, smile for the camera at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

Winners and honorees enjoy a post-event celebration on stage at the Hippodrome Theatre after the 2019 Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

Winners and honorees enjoy a post-event celebration on stage at the Hippodrome Theatre after the 2019 Heart of the School Awards. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

From left, Cory Basmajian, principal at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle and a 2019 Heart of the School Award Honoree; Nicholas D'Ambrosio, principal at Academy for College and Career Exploration; and Marc Martin, principal at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, grab a photo at the Hippodrome Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

From left, Cory Basmajian, principal at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle and a 2019 Heart of the School Award Honoree; Nicholas D’Ambrosio, principal at Academy for College and Career Exploration; and Marc Martin, principal at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, grab a photo at the Hippodrome Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Fund for Educational Excellence)

Ten Baltimore-area educators were recognized May 20 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore at the 2019 Heart of the School Awards, which annually convenes educators, school and city leaders and community members to honor the dedication and exemplary leadership of principals in Baltimore City Public Schools.

Heart of the School winners included Francesca Gamber, Bard High School Early College; Danielle Tillman-Cromartie, Harford Heights Elementary; Patricia Burrell, North Bend Elementary Middle School; Charles Kramer, Patterson Park Public Charter School; and Zulema Sockwell Moore, William S. Baer School.

Honorees included Cathy Miles, Abbottston Elementary School; Diya Hafiz-Slayton, Brehms Lane Public Charter School; Corey Basmajian, Francis Scott Key Elementary Middle School; Jael Samuel, Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School; and Mark Gaither, Wolfe Street Academy.

Winners and honorees were selected from more than 500 community nominations for 87 principals based on their success creating school communities where students are inspired to learn and grow, teachers are valued, supported and recognized, parents feel welcome and included and student achievement is improving. Each of the five winners will receive $2,500 and honorees will receive $1,000 to support school needs.

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  1. Each year this wonderful event highlights some of the most innovative and positive developments — and the principals who make them happen — within the Baltimore City Public Schools. Every year I attend I leave with a heightened sense of optimism. Investing in education is the best “economic development” a city can undertake, and it is exciting and encouraging to see positive outcomes for students and communities.