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Mary M. Thurlow is the Coordinator for Science in the Division of Instruction at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). As coordinator she is responsible for providing skilled expertise in the development, implementation, and evaluation of processes and products related to state science content standards, the Maryland State Curriculum for Science, assessment of student learning, and to collaborate with local school systems in the professional development of teachers in the area of science. Her oversight of PreK-12 science instruction and assessment ensures that there is a seamless transition across all grade levels. In addition, Mary provides technical assistance to local school systems, organizes the Governor's Academy for professional development of science teachers, and works with the MSDE Office of Mathematics to coordinate the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Jeremy Haack is a Science Specialist responsible for curriculum, assessment, and professional development. He joined the science office at the Maryland State Department of Education from Baltimore County Public Schools where he was the Supervisor of Secondary Science. As a science specialist, his duties include coordinating the activities associated with the Biology H.S.A. and Biology Bridge Projects.
Donna Balado is Science Specialist for Environmental Science Literacy within the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership and direction in developing effective initiatives for improving student performance in environmental literacy programs aligned to the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for students PreK-12. In addition, Donna provides technical assistance to local education agencies and external partners regarding Maryland NGSS, the Environmental Literacy Goal of the Chesapeake Bay Program, participates in the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature and administers the Maryland Green Ribbon Schools Award program in collaboration with the US Department of Education.