Girls to Women is a focus at the St. Paul’s School for Girls (SPSG) and is part of everyday life at the school. The following three stories illustrate how the theme touches the school on many levels.
I. Women in Service
Women in Service is one project of SPSG’s on-going program, Girls to Women, an extracurricular project that engages the school community in activities that encourage discussion on contemporary issues. This year, in keeping with the school’s 50th Anniversary and its commitment to the Episcopal tradition of outreach, the theme is Service.
Recently, students in grades 5-12 had the opportunity to hear from three women who spoke to the girls about their personal commitment to service and their service-oriented jobs. The guest speakers included:
Kim Wireman , clinical director at Powell Recovery Center, where she manages the clinical treatment for 1,200 clients per year, most of whom have substance-related disorders and co-occurring mental illness.
Jackie Truncellito, director, Baltimore chapter of Back on My Feet, an organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless men and women by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength, and self-esteem.
Emma Lawrence, founder, Project Heal, a student-run, non-profit dedicated to health and development projects in Ghana; and Med Plus Connect, an organization that helps to provide basic medical supplies to hospitals in that country.
II. Teacher LuAnn Blackman Named 2010 Faculty Chair
The students also have many exemplary women in their midst including teacher LuAnn Blackman who was recently named Faculty Chair at SPSG. A full-time faculty member, she was cited for academic discipline, mentoring and supporting other faculty, help in developing curriculum, professional growth over her years of service to the school, and enthusiastic support of the school and the school community.
In addition to her talents as both a middle and upper school teacher, Mrs. Blackman worked with colleagues to create “Journey Through Exploration,” an interdisciplinary project combining biology, math, English, and technology. Her dedication to the school and to community service are an example to the students.
III. Future student earns scholarship
Towson resident Maclean Liotta was named the 2010 Wagley Scholar at St. Paul’s School for Girls. A current student at the Calvert School, Maclean is an exceptional student referred to by her teachers as “top of her class” and a “star student.”
In addition to her academic success, Maclean is a school leader, active in the student government, an athlete, volunteer and an artist. The Wagley Scholarship is a competitive, full-tuition scholarship, renewable annually.