On November 11, 2019, Mr. Bruce Ryan, Upper School Leadership Instructor, was the recipient of Gerstell Academy's first Veteran of the Year Award. Mr. Ryan received this award during Gerstell Academy's Annual Veterans Day Ceremony.
The Gerstell Academy Oaks and Seedlings Program is the partnering of older students (Oaks) to younger students (Seedlings) in mentoring relationships in the Middle and Upper Schools. A special relationship happened as a result of the Oaks and Seedlings program between Kimberly Lapidario (Class of 2018) and her "grand oak," Meghan Sova-Williams (Class of 2012).
We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Angela Sugg to our Upper School History Department this year. Ms. Sugg taught school for 30 years in the Howard County Public School system and served as Department Chair for 18 of those years.
For the past four years, Mr. Daniel Gourley has taught Leadership to sixth and eighth grade students at Gerstell Academy. He is no stranger to teaching as he has been working in the educational field for the past twenty-two years.
Gerstell Academy senior and current varsity athlete, Max Friedman, has been selected by the Maryland State Athletic Directors' Association (MSADA) as the male recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Student-Athlete Scholarship Award.
The day Mrs. Paula Dackermann visited an open house at Gerstell Academy, she felt as if she had come home. In 2006, she began her Gerstell career as a substitute teacher before joining Gerstell full-time later that year as a Kindergarten instructor.
Gerstell Academy senior and current student body president, Antonio Holland has known since middle school that he wanted to join a military service academy or attend college via the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program. This desire to push himself to his limits and serve our country certainly comes as no surprise to Gerstell teachers and classmates who have known Antonio since he became a Falcon way back in the second grade.
Mrs. Heather Snider joined Gerstell Academy in 2004 as the founding Director of our Before and Aftercare Child Care Program, developing it into the success it is today. In 2010, acting on her passion for teaching children, Mrs. Snider taught Intermediate Science and assumed additional responsibilities such as substitute teaching.