Molly Glassman

Position: ESOL Teacher

School: Padonia International Elementary School

School District: Baltimore County Public Schools

City, State: Cockeysville, Maryland

About the Nominee: Molly Glassman was nominated by her principal, Melissa DiDonato.

Molly Glassman has been an ESOL Teacher at Padonia International Elementary School for eleven years. During that time, she has been committed to ensuring the growth and development of her students, both in terms of academics and language. Mrs. Glassman has a highly developed understanding of her students’ cultures, background experiences and prior schooling. She readily shares this knowledge with grade level and classroom teachers to enhance and support their work with English Language Learners (ELLs) in the classroom. Additionally, she shares cultural information that helps classroom teachers more readily understand the involvement of families within the school and family dynamics of some cultures. Mrs. Glassman’s collaborative planning with classroom teachers and her ESOL teacher colleagues increases the provision of coherent instruction for her students, as content expectations and skills are consistent across teaching environments.

In her role as the ESOL teacher, Mrs. Glassman teaches in different environments throughout the school day. At times, she may provide instruction to a small group of students in a pull-out environment and during other portions of the day she is co-teaching with teachers at multiple grade levels or providing push-in services. Mrs. Glassman has demonstrated flexibility and responsiveness to meet the needs of her students within these instructional environments.

In addition to her work with students and teachers, Mrs. Glassman diligently works with families, helping them access the school community and providing resources to help their children at home. With more than 150 ESOL students at Padonia, Mrs. Glassman collaborates with two other ESOL teachers, the Office of World Languages and classroom teachers in order to ensure positive learning outcomes for ELL students. She coordinates interpreters for conferences (of which there are more than 200 this school year) and supports teachers in obtaining interpreters for parent/teacher conferences throughout the school year. Mrs. Glassman has continued to develop her Spanish skills so she can better communicate with families, including practicing Spanish through online courses. She is always ready to assist a new family or answer questions for current families.

Mrs. Glassman founded Padonia Around the World (PAW) Night and has trained another teacher to serve in the lead capacity. While mentoring the new coordinator, she worked with parent volunteers to coordinate food, table displays and student performances. Her commitment to Padonia is also evident through her leadership in helping the school obtain Green School Certification from the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Association (MAEOA). As part of the application process, Mrs. Glassman attended several professional development offerings and presented two Green School PD workshops to school staff. She coordinated with community volunteers and local businesses in order to create a butterfly garden and bluebird boxes on the school grounds. Additionally, she worked after school with the Green Team students to complete many projects that led to Padonia’s Green School certification.

Overall, Mrs. Glassman is committed to the success of each student in the school and continued prosperity of the entire school community!

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  1. Somehow I’m just seeing this, but better late than never. Molly is an amazing colleague, teacher and friend. She works harder than anyone I know. Her students benefit daily from her creativity and commitment to developing highly engaging lessons and holding high expectations for their leaning. She has sponsored numerous extra-curricular activities that provide wonderful opportunities for students and families to be involved in after school learning. Her passion for helping students and families is contagious. This year Molly has been an especially supportive friend to me as I continue is to fight my battle with leukemia. I am so grateful for her friendship and support. Congratulations, Molly. Regardless of the outcome of the contest, you’re a winner to me!!

  2. Molly is one of the most supportive people I’ve ever known, to students, parents, and colleagues. Her caring and thoughtful nature are evident in everything she does to contribute to our learning community. I’ve learned so much from Molly, and I’m so grateful that we get to work together!

  3. Molly goes above and beyond for every student! She is an inspiration to our staff. Molly asks the tough questions and works hard to do what is best for our students. She is a huge part of making the international families feel so welcome and international students so successful at Padonia International Elementary!

  4. It has been a pleasure to work with Molly over the years. She does everything she can to help our ELL learners and the staff working with them to provide a way to connect and help our students learn. The students I worked with talked all year about the Salad Table they planted with Molly’s help. This activity finished with the students eating a salad harvested from the seeds they had planted. Every time my students walked past the Salad Table they would stop, look and comment on the plants they had grown from seeds.This was a truly exciting and wonderful activity that Molly facilitated and planned along with her other ESOL teachers.

  5. Molly’s commitment to the students and the Padonia community is relentless. She is a dedicated colleague who goes above and beyond her role as Padonia’s ESOL teacher. It is an honor to have co-taught with her and been apart of her time here at Padonia.

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