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Nancy Grasmick named 2015 Baltimore County Woman of the Year for innovative work at TU

Towson University Presidential Scholar Nancy Grasmick on Thursday received the 2015 Baltimore County Woman of the Year award. Nancygrasmickheadshot

Grasmick is Towson’s first Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation. She works with all of the colleges on campus to transform the Towson University teacher preparation program into a national model. Among the pioneering programs Grasmick has helped develop at Towson are the Towson UTeach program, the Signature Forums Series, and an initiative to certify pre-service teachers to teach advanced placement courses in STEM fields.

Grasmick began her distinguished career in education more than 50 years ago teaching children with disabilities. After serving for 25 years as an administrator in the Baltimore County Public School system, she became Maryland’s first special secretary for youth, children and families. In 1991, she was appointed Maryland’s first female state superintendent of schools and held that position for 20 years, making her the longest serving appointed school superintendent in the nation.

The Baltimore County Commission for Women and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz also recognized Liberty Road Business Association Executive Director Kelly Renee Carter and Catonsville High School senior Alejandra Mora at the Thursday ceremony.

These awards are given to female county residents who have enhanced the lives of citizens and made significant contributions in the community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

More information about these awards and the March 26 ceremony is available by contacting Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450 or by email at nsurosky@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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