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- Commission for Women Selects Three Outstanding Baltimore County Women

The Baltimore County Commission for Women will recognize three outstanding women at their 34th Annual Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony. These awards are given to female County residents who have enhanced the lives of others and made significant contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

 The 2016 award winners are:

  • Nancy Hafford, Woman of the Year
  • Anita Rozenel, The LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference Award
  • Kenisha Brannon, Owings Mills High School, Young Woman of the Year

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will lead the recognition of awardees at a ceremony in March, together with members of the Baltimore County Council and State House delegation.

 Nancy Hafford, Woman of the Year

 Nancy Hafford has been the Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce since 2005, and since then has helped transform Towson as a preferred location in Baltimore County for business, dining, entertainment and living. Her contributions have improved the overall quality of life of its citizens a hundredfold. Aside from the business community, she also spends her time advocating for disadvantaged children and mentoring young women. She has become a unifying force in Baltimore County through her leadership, compassion, and understanding of what needs to be done to help our county thrive.

Anita Rozenel, LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference Award

The Baltimore County Commission for Women’s 2016 “LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference” award winner is Anita Rozenel. She is the founder of Kids Helping Hopkins, a program that assists children coping with illness. As a music teacher with the Baltimore County Public Schools for more than 20 years, she has partnered with many students by instilling the value of giving back. Anita is also known as the “Music Lady,” who continuously provides music and sings along with the children who are ill.

Kenisha Brannon, Young Woman of the Year

Kenisha Brannon a senior at Owings Mills High School is an outstanding student. Through her leadership and organizational skills she has helped her school excel as a place where learning is valued and students exhibit school pride. She spearheaded fundraising initiatives by leading the Red Cross Blood Drive and the Harlem Wizards Basketball exhibition, which benefits school programs. She is also the Student Government President and a competitive track runner.

For additional information about these awards please contact Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450 or

photo of Dr. Dance with groupDr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is so fortunate to have the support of students, their families, staff, elected officials, business partners, and community members. By working together, we are preparing every student for success in the future and ensuring that the county remains strong.

Every year, we ask for your opinions on how our schools and system are doing so that we can pinpoint areas for improvement. The 2016 BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey is now available online at

There are separate but related questions for students in Grades 4-12, parents, community members, and staff. The survey is anonymous and only takes about five minutes via phone, tablet, or computer. We want to know what you think about academics, safety, communication, and organizational effectiveness.

photo of kids with Team BCPS frameLast year, we received almost 75,000 responses. That was a huge increase from prior years, but I know we can do better. Individuals who fit into more than one category can take the survey more than once: as a staff member, as a community member, and for each school your children attend.

Parents can choose to take the survey at a school or the public library. In addition to English, this year’s survey is also available for parents and community members in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, Nepali, Yoruba, Russian, French, Tagalog, Uzbek, Amharic, Korean and Gujarati.

I want to hear from all of you! Please take a moment and share your voice by February 29.

photo of middle school kids celebrating Team BCPSWear Any Shade of Blue

When I came to Baltimore County, one of the things I noticed first was the tremendous pride people have in their neighborhoods and in their schools.

A few years ago, we created an annual Team BCPS Day as a special time to celebrate our school system and the impact it has on Baltimore County and beyond.

This year, I want to invite the entire community – current, former, and future students, families, staff, volunteers, partners, and community members – to participate on Thursday, January 14, in Team BCPS Day 2016.

The simplest way to get involved is to wear blue – any shade will do – and send us the photo via Twitter using the hashtag #BCPSblue or email

Showcase the Strength of BCPS

If you want to go a little further, we encourage alumni and business partners to write or record messages about how they are part of Team BCPS and what the school system means to them. These messages also can be sent to BCPS through Twitter with the hashtag #BCPSblue or email

And, to celebrate the publication of “Building the Future,” a book written by a former BCPS employee about the school system’s history, BCPS is looking for class pictures and photographs of classrooms, schools, and school activities. Alumni and community members can share any pictures and photographs that they have through Twitter with the hashtag #BCPSblue or email

photo of kindergraten kids with blue finger paint on handsHelp us grow Team BCPS Day, and help us showcase the strength of this school system and the impact of its successes.

To view photographs from last year’s Team BCPS Day, visit Baltimore County's Flickr.To learn more about “Building the Future,” visit the Education Foundation website.

By Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS)


Revised April 6, 2016