Colleen Kyle Named Upper School Head at RPCS

Effective July 1, Colleen Kyle will begin work as the next Upper School head at Roland Park Country School. Colleen joins RPCS from Lakeside School in Seattle, where she has served as an academic leader and teacher for the past 10 years. At Lakeside School, Colleen was the mentor program director for faculty and an award-winning history teacher. She also served as the head of the Upper School history department for four years and was an adviser to various clubs. Previously, she worked at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Houghton Mifflin’s college publishing division. Colleen earned her B.A. from Connecticut College and her M.A. in literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. 

Changes Afoot at Green Spring Station

Sassanova, a coveted woman’s fashion boutique, will open its first Baltimore County location at Green Spring Station later this spring in the Joppa Concourse of Green Spring Station. The boutique will fill the former Becket Hitch space and stock a carefully curated collection of designer clothing, accessories and gifts. Sassanova will offer “women in the county … a conveniently located and accessible alternative to the big-box department stores—an intimate shopping option that offers a personalized, comfortable and memorable customer experience,” notes boutique owner Angela Tandy. Becket Hitch, Baltimore’s go-to store for stylish gifts, accessories and home goods, has nearly doubled its square footage by moving into a brand-new, custom-designed store in the Joppa Concourse just steps from its original store. “Our customers appreciate the personalized, comfortable and memorable shopping experience where we really do know so many of their names,” Becket Hitch owner Kohli Flick says. “This new store will offer more of the Becket Hitch experience within a bigger space, including new programming and special events.”

A New ‘Front Door’ for TU

Towson University will utilize space in the former Maryland National Guard Armory building on Washington Avenue to provide a new “front door” to the university, administrators announced. The space will serve as the home for a number of programs and offices focused on community engagement and outreach, entrepreneurship, continuing education and workforce development. The building adjoins more than 1 million square feet of new development at Towson Row, the $350 million mixed-use destination and new gateway to downtown Towson. TU, in partnership with Towson Row developer Greenberg Gibbons, plans to begin utilizing the space in 2020, after approximately a year of interior remodeling is complete. “The Armory building gives TU a true home in the bustling uptown area of our county seat,” Towson University President Kim Schatzel says.

Marianne Reichelt Honored with Teaching Award

For the third consecutive year, the National Catholic Educational Association has honored a Notre Dame Preparatory School educator for outstanding teaching. English teacher Marianne Reichelt has received NCEA’s Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. The award honors those teachers who demonstrate strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, skills and results. A parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Baltimore City, Marianne received the award at NCEA’s Annual Convention in April in Chicago. “Whether it is in the classroom, on a retreat or presenting professional development to the faculty and staff, Mrs. Reichelt exemplifies all that this special award represents,” says Sister Patricia McCarron, headmistress. “We are deeply grateful to have someone in our midst who is so passionate about teaching and committed to her students’ learning.”