Instructor teaching student about working with video cameras

 Passion for Learning is another family to me. It really helped guide my future. 

- Saphir Vilmar, P4L alumna and 2019 graduate of Morgan State University

 

People

Students and their schools

Passion for Learning works with MCPS students to help them advance their STEM skills and interests as well as plans for success in high school and college. For the 2021-22 school year we are engaging students from these MCPS middle schools:

  • Eastern
  • Silver Spring International
  • Parkland
  • Gaithersburg
  • Shady Grove

January-February 2022: Montgomery Blair HS and one more MCPS middle school will be added to the roster for out of school programs.

Instructors

At each of our partner schools, we link students to talented and caring MCPS teachers, who encourage our youth and help them strive and achieve. Many of our teachers have been with our programs for several years. Examples include Ned MacFadden at Eastern Middle School, who’s been one of our “adolescent whisperers” for 10+ years. Jo Doerrman, at Shady Grove Middle school, has been teaching computer technology for us since 2006. Additionally, we have a years-long special partnership with Karen Giacopuzzi, founder of Gadget Lab, who leads one of our most popular STEM programs, "Tech Squad."

Inspiring Adults

Each year we engage college students and adult professionals who visit after school programs. They inspire our youth and stimulate their interests in future STEM pursuits and professions. Program guests have included bioengineering grad students, an etymology researcher, electrical engineer, video game designers, digital artists, photographers, and videographers.

Annually, our students meet college students and admissions staff, and take campus tours that include Montgomery College, The Universities at Shady Grove, Towson University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and American University. New for 2022: University of Maryland College Park.

Classroom Assistants

Passion for Learning engages high school and college students—including many P4L program alums. For the current 2021-22 school year, 11 MCPS high school students are coaching and mentoring their younger peers. Our thanks go out to Astrid, Marissa, Maelyn, Cephora, Tanisha, Ashley, Brandon, Kelsie, Katia, Kevin, and Sara.

Instructor teaching student about working with video cameras

 Passion for Learning is another family to me. It really helped guide my future. 

- Saphir Vilmar, P4L alumna and 2019 graduate of Morgan State University