Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Loiederman teacher earns award

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Gwen McWhorter, mathematics resource teacher at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheaton, has been named the Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County.

The award, sponsored by The Washington Post, is presented annually to one teacher from each Washington metropolitan area school district.

McWorter, who greets all 350 sixth-graders at the school by name as they arrive in the morning, is recognized for instilling a desire to excel through her love of math.

As well as chairing the math department, facilitating professional development, and serving as a technology ‘‘guru,” she works each day with struggling Math 6 students in 90-minute classes — twice the math instruction provided to the majority of Loiederman students.

‘‘Ms. McWhorter is beloved by all students because she instills in them a desire to learn and excel,” Loiederman Principal Alison Serino said in a prepared statement. ‘‘She can ‘sell’ math because she believes in the opportunities it holds for kids.”

McWhorter was a math, alternative and computer applications teacher at North Bethesda Middle School and a math resource teacher at Parkland Middle School in Aspen Hill before going to Loiederman in 2005 to help staff the math department for the opening of the new school.

Mary Gaitskill headlines authors at Fitzgerald event

Renowned author Mary Gaitskill will read from her work at the spring gathering of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Rockville VisArts Center.

Gaitskill has been nominated for the National Book Award, National Book Critics’ Circle Award and PEN⁄Faulkner Award. She is the author of ‘‘Two Girls, Fat and Thin,” ‘‘Veronica,” ‘‘Bad Behavior” and ‘‘Because They Wanted To.”

Her short story ‘‘Secretary” was made into a feature film.

Gaitskill will be joined by four local authors: Dave Housley, Nathan Leslie, Susan Muaddi-Darraj and Lalita Noronha.

The event is free to members of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference Inc. and their guests, and the cost is $10 for the general public. There will be a minimal charge for students.

Parking at Town Center is free after 7 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

For directions to VisArts, visit

To learn more about this event or about the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, send an e-mail to or

Lecture and tourto celebrate Glenview

To commemorate Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park being named to the National Register of Historic Places, a free lecture and tour of the mansion will be presented from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

In a presentation titled, ‘‘Glenview Mansion: from Plantation to Summer Estate to Civic Center,” Rockville’s Jeff Winstel, historic preservation planner for the Department of Community Planning and Development, will give a lecture about the history of the estate, its contribution to Rockville’s identity and why it merits national recognition.

Glenview Mansion is a 19th century neoclassical home situated on 153 acres of land. Its hilltop location and stately white columns offset a stone façade exterior making the mansion an attractive place to visit and a desired site to host social gatherings.

The National Register of Historic Places is the country’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect the country’s historic and archeological resources.

The April 6 event is free, but reservations are requested. Call 240-314-8660 for more information and to make a reservation.

More information about Glenview Mansion’s addition to the National Register of Historic Places can be viewed on the city’s Web site at⁄historic.

To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places, visit the Web site at⁄nr.

ASL Practice Clubto meet Mondays

The American Sign Language (ASL) Practice Club held weekly at the Rockville Library will meet on Mondays at 7:15 p.m., instead of Wednesdays, through the end of May.

The ASL Practice Club was initiated by staff at Rockville Library and has continued by popular demand.

Because the program depends upon volunteer support, there is always a need for persons who can either lead the sessions or assist in the group practices, library officials reported.

Adults and young adults who are deaf are also invited to help offer sign language practice.

For more information, send an e-mail to or call 240-777-0001 or TTY 240-777-0902.

Community Ministriessponsoring raffle, gala

Community Ministries of Rockville is sponsoring a raffle to raise fund for the programs and services it offers to area residents.

The grand prize of the raffle will be a 40-inch Samsung 1080 LCD high-definition television.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the group’s Best of Rockville gala, to be held May 9, said Executive Director Mark Poletunow.

The cost for a single ticket is $15 and two tickets may be purchased for $25.

Community Ministries will award six prizes at the event, with second prize being a Bose DVD home entertainment system. The remaining prizes will be iPod’s.

Tickets are available at the group’s offices at 114 West Montgomery Ave. in Rockville or from any board or staff member.

Help needed to deliver kosher meals

JSSA, a nonsectarian social service agency based in Rockville that serves the greater Washington area, is seeking volunteers to deliver Kosher Meals on Wheels to frail, homebound elders.

With the assistance of volunteers, JSSA has been able to deliver more than 30,000 meals each year and help clients remain independent in their own homes.

Each weekday morning, JSSA volunteers pick up meals at the Melvin J. Hebrew Academy in Aspen Hill and deliver them to elders in Montgomery County and Northwest Washington.

There is no minimum time commitment for volunteer drivers and mileage reimbursement is available. For further information or to volunteer, call Diane Hays-Earp at JSSA at 301-816-2639.

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