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Board of Education Recognizes 2024 Friends of Education Honorees

April 12th, 2024

(left to right) HCPSS Board of Education Chair Jennifer Mallo, 2024 Friends of Education Awardee Suzi Padgett, and HCPSS Acting Superintendent William J. Barnes.

The Howard County Board of Education honored Suzi Padgett as the 2024 Friend of Education award recipient at its April 11, 2024 meeting. The award recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses, non-profit groups, organizations, or associations for their support for the school system’s mission of ensuring academic success and social-emotional well-being for each student.

Described as “a tireless advocate for Howard County students, families, and educators,” Padgett is a member of the Bright Minds Foundation and serves on HCPSS Superintendent’s Program Innovation Advisory Board. “She is a builder of people, networks, programs and initiatives, and community organizations focused on making a difference in the lives of the students, families, and educators,” Board Chair Jennifer Swickard Mallo said at the meeting.

The Board also recognized the Howard County Chinese School as its 2024 Friend of Education nominee.

(left to right) HCPSS Board of Education Chair Jennifer Mallo, Chairman of the Howard County Chinese School Board of Directors Dr. Ming Lee, and HCPSS Acting Superintendent William J. Barnes.

“Howard County Chinese School demonstrates the commitments of the Howard County Public School System by connecting with the community, building relationships, and facilitating the development of skills which empower individuals to discover a path aligning with their unique goals and passions,” said Board Vice Chair Dr. Yun Lu. “Their unwavering commitment to community engagement creates a strong sense of belonging, encouraging active participation in the learning journey.”

More information on the Friends of Education Award can be found on the HCPSS website.