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Debby Ward is the Coordinator of Mathematics at the Maryland State Department of Education. She is responsible for the coordination of all activities of the Office of Mathematics for Kindergarten through High School. Debby spent most of her career with Anne Arundel County Public schools where she taught everything from 6th grade math through BC Calculus, served as a Department Chairman and a Secondary Mathematics Specialist. In recent years, Debby has worked at MSDE as an Education Specialist. As an Education Specialist for MSDE, Debby worked extensively on initiatives directed towards helping Maryland Mathematics teachers build an understanding of the Common Core Mathematics curriculum. Most recently, Debby worked as a Mathematics Instructional Support teacher for Howard County Public Schools. Currently, Debby is also member of the PARCC Operational Working Group. This group provides feedback on all phases of the development of the PARCC Mathematics Assessments.
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.