By: Jessica Lipman
This year, new staff have joined the Glenelg community. Whether students have the opportunity to be taught by these teachers or not, everyone deserves to learn about and welcome new faculty.
Ms. Linder’s passion for math first began when she was younger. Linder has always been skilled at math and and has always enjoyed it. She did a year and a half of student teaching followed by one year of long-term subbing. Math is important to Linder because she wants to be able to help her students develop a passion for mathematics. While she is not teaching, Ms. Linder enjoys her freetime by being on the ice rink, playing hockey.
Mrs. Parker has been teaching for fourteen years in Howard County, but she is starting her first year at Glenelg as a math teacher. She has always had an understanding for mathematics since she was younger and she found her passion for math while she was a senior in high school. She helped tutor her friends and was inspired by the way her teacher’s talked about their profession at her PTSA. Mrs. Parker loves being a teacher because of the energy her class brings. Parker stated how there is “never a dull moment” with her students. When Parker is not teaching, you will most likely find her at the gym doing crossfit or spending time with her family.
Mrs. Punte has just begun her sixth year of teaching special education. Her passion first began when she earned her certification for social studies, but she grew a connection and found a love for helping special education students. Her favorite reason for teaching is because of the relationships she is able to build with her students, but in her freetime you will find her watching makeup tutorials.
Mrs. Weldeghebriel has been teaching social studies for four years and first realized she wanted to become a teacher in her sophomore year of college. Weldeghebriel’s favorite thing about being a teacher is the interaction she is able to have with her students. Outside of school, Weldeghebriel’s favorite hobby is reading.
This is not only Ms. Cardillo’s first year of teaching at Glenelg, but it is also her first year of teaching in any school. Her high school choir teacher gave her passion for teaching music. With many leadership opportunities, Cardillo was also able to help her friends rehearse. She spent time being a part of a professional acapella group in Cape Cod, where she was not only able to sing and compose music, she was also able to beat box. However, the most important part of music to Ms. Cardillo is the connection it brings with students, “no matter what a student’s background is and they are able to be a part of something.” Cardillo is also excited to begin her first year of teaching and create a community brought together by music.