Patently Innovative

Jennifer McGough, a technology teacher and work-based learning coordinator at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and her two teammates won the Best Overall Invention prize during the National Summer Teacher Institute, hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the University of South Florida’s College of Education.

Jennifer was one of 50 teachers selected from 250 applicants to participate in the all-expenses-paid summer institute, held at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Jennifer’s team, The Queen Bees, included a teacher from Georgia and another from Washington state. Their award-winning invention is a bee-themed timer that parents can use to help their children transition from one activity to another. Now in her third year as an engineering teacher at the Carver Center, Jennifer previously was a middle school science teacher.

New Officers Installed at American Legion, Post 22

Anita Stewart-Hammerer has become the second female commander and the first African-American in the 95-year history of The American Legion, Post 22, located in Towson at 125 York Road.

In addition to Anita, other officers who were installed during the Post’s late July ceremony included First Vice Mike Clair, Second Vice Angela Phillips, Financial Secretary Regina Simpson, Adjutant Linda Bishop, Service Officer Sonia Young, Assistant Chaplain Vernon Crider, Sergeant-at-Arms Jeffery Whye and Historian John Butcher.

The American Legion, Post 22 is deeply involved and committed to the community. Each year, Post 22 is one of the three main sponsors of the Towsontown Spring Festival and the Fourth of July Parade. The Post also welcomes visitors for hot dogs and ice cream after the parade, free to the community.

Maryland History Teacher of the Year

Molly Smith, an Upper School history teacher at Friends School of Baltimore, has been named the 2018 Maryland History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, an American history nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge and understanding of American history through K-12 educational programs and resources.

Describing his longtime colleague as a “teacher-leader, whose reflective practice inspires others,” Friends Upper School Principal Steve McManus says, “Molly has shaped the History Department at Friends by laying out and modeling a vision of teaching that is inquiry-based, heavily reliant on student choice, and organized on themes and questions rather than a chronological march through content.”

Molly received $1,000 at a ceremony in her honor. With fellow Gilder Lehrman honorees—one from each state, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and Department of Defense schools—she advanced to become a candidate for the National History Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced this fall.

Renovated Residence Tower Reopens at Towson University

After almost a two-year facelift, the Towson University Residence Tower has reopened.

The $32.5 million renovation saw the complete reconstruction of the 100,000-square-foot building from the inside out. The 44-year-old Residence Tower has been home to more than 20,000 students since opening in 1972. This project was the residence hall’s first significant renovation.

The two lower levels were transformed into community space, with a large kitchen, a game room and common areas in a loft-like setting overlooking the building’s main entrance. The area also boasts study lounges, a conference room and a laundry room. The building’s first-floor deck is also enclosed to provide additional space for the area. The upper floors were fully renovated with new bathrooms and room layouts, as well as enclosed study spaces and open community lounges on every floor.

The exterior of the building also got a facelift, replacing the old concrete facade with large architectural panels in various brick tones consistent with the university’s College of Liberal Arts building and the overall campus aesthetic.