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Date: Mar 9, 2018

By Chelea Gibson, Baltimore County Communications Specialist

Honoring Women’s History Month, I would like to share my experience growing up as a young, Black woman in Baltimore County.

My family moved to Baltimore County when I was four years old. We stayed with my grandmother in Lochearn, moved to Randallstown, then to Windsor Mill, when, at age 29, my mom bought her first house.

I am a proud Baltimore County Public School System alumna. I attended Hernwood Elementary School, where my first grade teacher, Ms.Tiffany Rhoten, cultivated my love of learning. I was accepted into the Mass Communications magnet program at Deer Park Middle Magnet School, where I was inspired by Principal Ms. Penelope Martin, who is now a Community Area Superintendent for BCPS.

I graduated from Towson High School in the Law and Public Policy Program class of 2013, where Mrs. Mary-Elizabeth White guided us to take advantage of every opportunity we were presented. One of these opportunities landed me an internship in the Baltimore County Office of Communications during my senior year of high school. This experience inspired me to study Mass Communications at Virginia State University.

Upon receiving my Bachelor degree, I was invited to interview and come back to the Office of Communications as Social Media Coordinator and Photographer for Baltimore County Government, under the leadership of Stacie Burgess, the Director of Communications.

I am sharing my personal story because women of different races and backgrounds have impacted me in every aspect of my life -- my mother’s motivation, my teachers’ dedication, my supervisor’s mentorship. These women are great, making history in their own ways and in their own rights. They continue to dedicate their time to uplifting other young women.

As a young, Black woman growing up and living in Baltimore County, I feel empowered, nurtured, and uplifted by every woman I have had the pleasure to work with and learn under. I feel inspired that one day I, too, will make history.

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