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Stevens Forest Paraeducator Receives State Recognition

December 1st, 2020

Randy Patterson with a group of male students.
Photo taken March 6, 2020

This fall, Stevens Forest Elementary School 4th Grade Paraeducator Randy Patterson was named the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) Educational Support Professional of the Year.

The MSEA ESP of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of ESPs to their schools, communities and profession. The award is presented to a member of MSEA who demonstrates outstanding accomplishments and reflects the contributions of ESPs to public education.

Stevens Forest Principal Joy Smith said in a Howard County Times story: “We are so proud of Mr. Patterson…He is dedicated to the students. He builds relationships with the students, and he’s a role model for them.”

Patterson was nominated for the award by Howard County Education Association President Colleen Morris.

Photo caption: Randy Patterson guides young male students in developing the social skills that help them navigate their community and become consistent, persistent and present servant leaders. The program, Boys On A New Direction (BOND), is supported by a Bright Minds’ Staff and Teacher Grant.