Board of Education approves committee recommendation
In a memo sent to the Blair administration on Tuesday, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Public Information Office announced that the Board of Education approved the appointment of Peter Ostrander as Coordinator of Blair's Math, Science and Computer Science Program. Ostrander, who currently serves as the secondary program supervisor for the MCPS Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, will fill the vacancy left by former Magnet Coordinator Dennis Heidler.Ostrander, who spent the last three years managing Magnet Programs across the county, is ecstatic to be joining the Magnet staff at Blair. "I'm excited to come out to the county's oldest Magnet Program and also one of the most nationally recognized," he said.
Ostrander's experience comes from the years he served as the Math, Science and Computer Science Magnet Coordinator at Roberto Clemente Middle School, a post he accepted in 2003 after teaching eighth grade computer science at Takoma Park Middle School's Magnet Program for eight years. He has a bachelor's degree in global studies and a master's degree in computer-based science.
Piper was pleased with the committee's appointment, who she knows from her interactions with the Takoma Park teaching staff. "I have great respect for him as a teacher," she said. "He'd go above and beyond. He was a very positive influence on the kids."
Ostrander will replace Acting Magnet Coordinator Eileen Steinkraus, who was asked to lead the program until the administration received approval from the Board of Education for Ostrander's appointment.
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