New Faces in Familiar Places-Part IV

We wrap up our four-part series of introductory posts with these fantastic new members of the Howard staff. Check out these bios:

Ms. Mabrey

MabreyI attended North Carolina State University and studied Secondary Science Education with a concentration in Earth Science. After graduation, I taught for one year in North Carolina before moving up here to Maryland. For the past five years I have taught Forensic Science, Environmental science and Earth Science in Anne Arundel County. This past spring I received my master’s in education in classroom management and instruction from Gratz College. In the summer, I enjoy coaching swim team at a local pool and going to Orioles games. I am looking forward to a great school year here at Howard High!

Mr. Morris

MorrisBorn and raised in San Marino California, I began studying cello at age 5. I have performed at various musical venues as a soloist, a chamber musician, and as a member of numerous string ensembles. In the summer of 2007, I attended the ENCORE School for Strings studying with renowned Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser. I have worked with and studied with a variety of other cellists and pedagogues around the world including: Nathaniel Rosen, Sharon Robinson, David Krieger, Uri Vardi, Jeffrey Solow, Raphael Wallfisch, and Pablo Mahave-Veglia. I studied viola da gamba and Baroque cello with John Moran at the Peabody Conservatory and received Master’s degrees in cello performance and Pedagogy under the tutelage of Mr. Alan Stepansky.

While finishing my performance degrees, I completed degrees in education with Dr. Harlan and Laura Parker also at the Peabody Conservatory. Among my other performing obligations, I play with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania and my chamber group in Washington DC. Throughout the years, both in Los Angeles and Baltimore, I have taught a variety of students and see music education as an integral part of my motivating passions.

SFC (Ret) Boone

BooneHello, my name is SFC (Ret) Shawn Boone and I am the new JROTC teacher. I was born in the Bronx, New York and educated through the New York City Public School System. I entered the United States Army in 1985 and retired in 2006. I was deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was also deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I joined the teaching profession as a JROTC instructor in 2009 at Frederick Douglass HS in Baltimore, MD. I taught at Douglass for five years, then relocated to Hinesville, GA for the past two years, teaching leadership education at Bradwell Institute.

I am now enthusiastically returning to Maryland to teach at Howard HS, bringing a motivated energy with me. I have an associates degree from the University of Management and Technology in Arlington, Virginia, and am two semesters away from obtaining a dual degree program in management marketing. I have two sons: Armani and Louis Boone, ages 18 and 8.

Ms. Held

HeldI grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Howard County when I was twelve. I went to Dunloggin Middle School and Centennial High School. I received my BA from McDaniel College, where I majored in studio art with a minor in art history. From there I was accepted into the Rinehart School of Sculpture at MICA, where I received my MFA in sculpture. After working at an art center for about half a year, I realized that I wanted to spend the rest of my life teaching art, so I went back to school at Towson University for my second BA in art education and graduated in May of 2015. I live in Reisterstown with my partner and pet rabbit and am thrilled to have found my dream job here at Howard High.

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