Cecilia Roe is the Director of Instructional Assessment, Professional Learning, and English Language Arts at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Cecilia’s responsibilities with MSDE include oversight of several federal grants, including Title II and the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grants. Cecilia is certified in English Language Arts grades 5-12 and as a Reading Specialist K-12. She formerly served as a specialist in MSDE’s Secondary English Language Arts (ELA) Office. Cecilia joined the MSDE family after 34 years with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). Her final position with BCPS was as the Coordinator of the Office of Secondary English Language Arts. In addition, Cecilia served for eight years as an adjunct instructor for Graduate Programs in the Education Division of Goucher College.
L. Gail Green is the Coordinator of English Language Arts PreK-12 at the Maryland State Department of Education. Gail’s responsibilities include providing assistance to LEAs to program reading and English instruction for all learners. This responsibility includes suggesting screeners, diagnostics, and progress monitoring assessments to ensure all students are receiving the correct educational services. She is also responsible for guiding the development of Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program work in ELA to ensure the assessment is correctly aligned to MD College Career Readiness Standards. Gail was previously the coordinator for secondary ELA in Baltimore County Public Schools where she worked extensively to ensure a program that was equitable for all students. Gail is a certified Reading Specialist and serves as an adjunct professor at Goucher College.
Kathleen Maher-Baker is the English Language Arts High School PARCC Specialist. She began her teaching career in Baltimore County Public Schools and was later promoted to Department Chairman. She has served on several curriculum design and writing teams for BCPS and was responsible for the organization and presentation of multiple professional development opportunities. She has also worked as a mentor teacher and as the professional development school liaison for Johns Hopkins University and later Loyola University Maryland.
Zakia is the English/Language Arts Elementary Specialist. After graduating from Hampton University, she joined Baltimore City Teaching Residency and began her teaching career in Baltimore City Public Schools teaching first grade. She later acquired a Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership from Loyola University-Maryland and became a Blueprint Literacy Coach within the Office of Teaching and Learning for Baltimore City Schools. As a Literacy Coach, she was responsible for providing instructional coaching, facilitating academic planning meetings and delivering professional development to teachers in Elementary and Secondary Education.
Nancy is the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant Specialist. After graduating from Towson University, she began her career in Baltimore County Public Schools teaching middle school ELA and reading. She acquired a Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist K-12 from Loyola College. After 17 years in the classroom, Nancy became a resource teacher in Baltimore County’s Office of Secondary ELA and later also in the Office of Title 1. In addition, Nancy is an adjunct faculty member at Goucher College where she teaches graduate level courses in reading instruction. She retired from Baltimore County after 32 years, and then she began working for MSDE. Nancy supports districts with their initiatives through the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant. She is also a certified LETRS trainer who supports professional development in the science of reading.