Montgomery Blair High School

Instructional Leadership Team, 2022-2023

United We Soar

Montgomery Blair High School Leadership Team are administrators and school leaders who represent each school department, staff, and students' programs and initiatives. This dedicated group of educators develop the school improvement plan, instructional focus, and meet regularly to review students' achievement, social-emotional supports, professional development, and schoolwide programs.

Renay Johnson, Proud Principal

Mrs. Renay Johnson has worked in Montgomery County Public Schools for over 30 years. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and Johns Hopkins University, Mrs. Johnson has served as a teacher, School Counselor, Resource Counselor, Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, and in 2011, after 77 years of male leaders, she became the first woman principal of Montgomery Blair High School -- the largest high school enrollment in Maryland with over 3200 students and 320 staff members!

Mrs. Johnson is a recipient of the 2019 Takoma Park United Unsung Hero Award, 2018 Silver Spring Links, Leadership Award, 2018 Every Girl Can Ambassador Award, 2017 Montgomery County Media Association, Nancy Walker Award, 2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha, Outstanding Community Service Award, 2015 Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, and the 2013 National Board Certified Teachers Network Principal of the Year.

Mrs. Johnson serves on Montgomery County Public Schools Advisory Committees and she is an Instructor at McDaniel College, Graduate Programs. She is married to James and they have two adult children, Jamie and Jordan. She is excited to begin her 12th year as the leader of Montgomery Blair High School. Go Blazers!

Claudine Biggs, Principal's Administrative Secretary

Ms. Biggs has worked for MCPS for 28 years; 18 years at Montgomery Blair High School- first as a main office secretary and then as the school’s Administrative Secretary. She also worked at Silver Spring International Middle School and at the Northeast Consortium office. Prior to her employment with MCPS, she worked as a convention coordinator for trade associations in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Biggs’ two children graduated from Montgomery Blair HS, and her family are all proud Blazers! She loves to spend time with her grandchildren, who know her as DeeDee. Ms. Biggs is a worldwide traveler, a voracious reader, loves to cook, entertain, garden, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends.

Ms. Biggs is Lebanese/Armenian American, has lived in Libya and England, and shares her love of languages with students and staff, often helping them with Arabic translations and homework. She thrives on the diversity and cultural richness of the school. Ms. Biggs LOVES her job!

Ms. Biggs is the recipient of the 2020-21 MCPS Supporting Services Employee of the Year. She is looking forward to another great year serving the Montgomery Blair community!

Adriana Burgos-Ojeda, Assistant Principal

Ms. Adriana Burgos-Ojeda is entering her 18th year in Montgomery County Public Schools, having served as a Library Media Specialist at Newport Mill Middle School and Kennedy High School before joining the team at Montgomery Blair High School as an Assistant Principal in 2017. She holds a BA in Spanish Literature from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Library Science with a concentration in School Library Media from Drexel University, and a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from Hood College. Outside of work, she is passionate about running, reading, yoga, food, and family. Ms. Burgos is thrilled to continue leading, learning, and growing as a part of the MBHS community.

Winter Bingham, Assistant Principal

Dr. Bingham is a native of Richmond, Virginia and proud alumnae of Radford University with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She began her educational journey at Durham Public Schools (DPS) as an Exceptional Children (EC) Teacher in the Occupational Course of Study Program. She earned a double Masters in Special Education and School Administration and Education Leadership from North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

In 2015, she began her tenure in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as a Special Education and Resource Teacher (RTSE) while completing her doctoral studies at Bowie State University under the Culturally Responsive Education Leadership in Special Education Grant (CRELSE). In 2020, she received her doctoral degree in Education Leadership after defending her dissertation research study titled, Are Principals Really Serving the Gifted Students? An exploratory study investigating secondary principals’ perceptions of their leadership practices and attitudes towards culturally and linguistically diverse students’ participation in gifted education.

Dr. Bingham has a daughter named Autumn Journey and a Labrador retriever named Jackson Boomer. She looks forward to building meaningful relationships and fond memories with the Blair community.

Lavina Carrillo, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Lavina Carrillo has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for nine years, six of which have been at Montgomery Blair High school as a school administrator. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Miami and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from George Washington University. Prior to working for MCPS, Lavina worked as a teacher in elementary, high school, and adult education. Working in Title I and bilingual schools and schools from abroad has given her insight into addressing the needs of all students from different backgrounds. Lavina is married to Charlie and has three wonderful children. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling around the world. She looks forward to continuing to serve the Montgomery Blair High School Community.

Joseph Fanning, Assistant Principal

Mr. Joseph Fanning has worked for MCPS since 2009 and began his career with MCPS as an English teacher and Silver Chips advisor at Blair from 2009-2013. Prior to starting with MCPS, he worked as a teacher in Worcester County (MD) from 1999-2004, and as a teacher in Brevard County (FL) from 2004-2009. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Fanning also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in Social Studies Education from Salisbury University and completed his Educational Administration certification through Hood College. Prior to returning to Blair in 2019 as a school administrator, he worked as Co-Lead of the Consulting Teacher team in the Department of Professional Growth Systems in MCPS. He is married, and they have three daughters: 14-year-old twins and a 12-year-old. He is an avid reader and enjoys traveling with his family. Mr. Fanning looks forward to continuing to serve the Montgomery Blair Community.

Peter Ostrander, Magnet Coordinator

Mr. Peter Ostrander has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for 27 years. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Prior to working in MCPS, Mr. Ostrander taught math, science, and computer science in California, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. He joined MCPS in 1995 as a computer science teacher at Takoma Park Middle School. After eight years at TPMS, he became the coordinator of the newly created magnet programs at Roberto Clemente Middle School and then a program supervisor with the Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction before joining Montgomery Blair High School as the magnet coordinator thirteen years ago. He enjoys baseball, geocaching, and license plate collecting. You can find Mr. Ostrander in room 351 – the door is always open.

Tracy Pettis-Jones, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Tracy Pettis-Jones has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for twenty-six years. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Norfolk State University, Master's Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Administration Certification from George Washington University. She has worked as a Special Education teacher at RICA and White Oak Middle Schools and as a teacher and administrator at Paint Branch High School for 17 years. Most recently, Tracy was the Acting Principal at Paint Branch High School. Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our school. She is married to Gary and has three adult children and a 15-year-old daughter. Tracy enjoys reading and family road trips. She looks forward to serving the Montgomery Blair High School community.

Rahman Culver, Assistant School Administrator

Rahman Culver (he/him/his) is a proud Blair and STEM Magnet Program alumnus who has served as an educator for over 10 years. As a former Takoma Park resident, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Maryland in 2001. Prior to teaching, his career in the nonprofit sector focused on educational equity and organizational effectiveness, working with national organizations such as College Summit and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served Blair as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, and the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. Culver is certified in secondary and special education and holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University. He enjoys celebrating his Blazer roots with his spouse, also a Blair alumna, and their three children.

James Funk, Business Administrator

Mr. James Funk has worked at Blair for 16 years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining MCPS, he worked for 20+ years in various management roles for Fortune 500 companies in the financial services industry, most recently with E*TRADE Financial Services. Jim is married with three sons – Josh, Jake, and Jordan. He enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors.

Jacqueline Armstead-Thomas, Fine Arts Resource Teacher

Mrs. Jacqueline Armstead-Thomas is beginning her 12th year at Montgomery Blair and her 16th year in Montgomery County. Along with being the Resource Teacher for the Fine Arts Department, she also teaches all four levels of Digital Art. Mrs. Armstead-Thomas holds a BA in Graphic Design and Business from West Virginia Wesleyan where she played D2 volleyball, and a master's degree in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her after-school hours, Mrs. Armstead-Thomas is the co-sponsor for the National Art Honor Society and the assistant coach of the Co-ed Varsity Volleyball team. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, reading true crime, and snuggling with her two cats. Blair has one of the best Fine Arts departments in the county and Mrs. Armstead-Thomas cannot wait for students to share their talents with the Blazer community.

Brenda Barrera Mercado, World Languages Resource Teacher

Ms. Barrera Mercado has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for 11 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and culture and a Master of Education from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She was named Teacher of Promise of her class, an award the Maryland State Department of Education gave. She completed her teaching Master’s practicum internship at Montgomery Blair High School. Ms. Barrera Mercado has experience teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has also worked as a college professor for Montgomery College, teaching Spanish to medical professionals and other degree-seeking undergraduate students. She has worked for public and bilingual charter schools in the District of Columbia. Ms. Barrera Mercado has been a mentor teacher for University of Maryland teacher interns. She enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students. Ms. Barrera Mercado lives in Montgomery County. She is married to Carlos and has two children, Steven and Alessandro.

Leslie Blaha, Testing Coordinator

Blair has been Leslie's home her entire career since 2002. She teaches in the Science Department, served as one of the Elected Faculty Representatives (EFRs) for the last three years, and is currently an At-Large Member on the MCEA Board of Directors. She hopes to continue being a voice for the wonderful staff at Blair by making mandated testing a less stressful experience for all! In her spare time, Leslie loves traveling the world with her husband and visiting her adorable niece and nephew in California.

Rita Boulé, Blair Athletic Specialist

Rita Boulé has been in MCPS for 28 years as an athletic specialist, teacher, coach, and academy lead. She spent the first 17 years at John F. Kennedy High School where she coached 44 teams including boys and girls varsity soccer, basketball, and softball, before coming to Montgomery Blair to be the Athletic Specialist. This is her 12th year at Blair as Athletic Specialist. She also teaches the New Coaches Seminar for the county, is chairperson of the MCPS Coaches Committee, and serves on the Equity and Social Justice committee. She is the District 2 (MCPS) Representative for the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA). She is very proud of the Blazer Athletics program and all of its success in both academics and athletics. In her free time, she highly enjoys the outdoors, being physically active, traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, landscaping, cooking, and learning.

Crystal Brown, Acting Mathematics Resource Teacher

Mrs. Crystal Brown has been teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools for 17 years and is entering her 7th year at Montgomery Blair High School. She has a B.S. in Pure and Applied Mathematics from Howard University, a MAT in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University, and a Certificate in Administration from McDaniel College. One thing she loves and values, just as much as teaching, is learning. She is a member of the MCPS Doctoral Cohort and is pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Bowie State University. Crystal is married to Christopher Brown and has two children, Kennedy and Kendrick. She enjoys spending time with her family, hand lettering, and styling natural hair in her spare time. She is excited to serve the Math Department and collaborate with the dynamic leadership team at Montgomery Blair High School.

Michael E. Burnell, Elected Faculty Representative

Michael E. Burnell is an accomplished educator, counselor, athletic administrator, and coach in the field of educational and career counseling. He has worked in Montgomery County, Prince Georges County , and the District of Columbia in areas of high affluence and Title 1 schools. He brings experience and wisdom being dual certified as classroom teacher and a professional school counselor. For over two decades, he has worked with administrators, parents, students, coaches, local officials of various cultured backgrounds where his career encompasses the diverse Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area. As an African American man, born in the city, raised in the suburbs, schooled at Howard University, and receiving his masters degree from a top 20 academic program at George Washington University, Michael brings a unique, socio-political perspective to his work. Today, Michael continues to follow his passion of teaching Advanced Placement classes, counseling students and athletes as they prepare life, leading clubs, and coaching multiple sports at the secondary level, while working to unify school officials and parents of various backgrounds for the common goal of inclusion and success for every family.

Emily Callaghan, Social Worker

Emily is a clinical social worker and a proud Montgomery Blair alumna! She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology-Social Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Emily has provided intensive counseling services in the MCPS system for the past 5 years. In her sessions, she aims to provide students with the tools to promote and improve their motivation, emotional well-being, interpersonal relationships, and personal aspirations. She believes that individuals of all walks of life have the capacity to make positive changes. In her free time, Emily enjoys gardening, watching horror movies, hiking, and traveling the world with her husband. She’s happy to be “back home” at Blair.

Dr. Andrew Fields, Staff Development Teacher

Dr. Andrew Fields joins the Staff Development team as Staff Development Teacher. His role includes student discipline, planning professional development activities for Montgomery Blair Staff, and supporting the teaching and learning process under the direction of Mrs. Renay Johnson and her administrative team. Dr. Fields has previously served as an administrator at several schools in Montgomery County, including Robert Frost Middle School, Albert Einstein High School, Damascus High School, and Gaithersburg High School.

Sarah Fillman, Communication Arts Program, Blair Publications Coordinator

Ms. Fillman is beginning her 20th year as a teacher, all of which have happened at Blair. She received a B.A. of English Education from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University), an M.A. of Education in Human Development from The University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. in Equity and Excellence in Education from McDaniel College. Ms. Fillman is a National Board Certified Teacher and received the Board of Education Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education Award in 2019. In addition to teaching, Ms. Fillman runs a photography business and a tumbling summer camp. She is married to another teacher in the county, Kevin Corpuz, and together they have three cats, Bentley, Cooper and Poppy, and two dogs, Penny and Watson. Her love for animals extends to her volunteer work for City Dogs and Kitties Rescue DC as an adoption counselor. Ms. Fillman looks forward to continuing her equity work in the upcoming school year.

Donna Franklin, Financial Specialist

Ms. Franklin has worked for MCPS for twenty-five years. She started as a Head Start Assistant at Broad Acres Elementary School and jumped right to high school working in the Media Center at Montgomery Blair in 2001. Ms. Franklin has been the Financial Specialist at Montgomery Blair since 2004. Though she is a graduate of Northwood High School, she has become a Blair Blazer and fully embraces the Blair community. She is married with two adult children and two precious granddaughters. She enjoys going to listen to live bands and spending summer vacation with her children and grandchildren. She is looking forward to continuing to serve the Montgomery Blair High School Community and hopes to retire from Montgomery County Public Schools and Blair in four years.

Ryan Gerasimowicz, Elected Faculty Representative

Ryan Gerasimowicz is entering his sixth school year as an ESOL teacher at Montgomery Blair. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s in education from George Mason University, and a master’s of education administration from Trinity Washington University. Before arriving at 51 University Blvd Gerasimowicz taught in Fairfax County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, and at a public high school in Shanghai, China. He has served as the sponsor of the Smart Snack club since 2017, assistant coach for JV baseball, and is currently starting his third year as an elected faculty representative. Gerasimowicz and his lovely wife Rebecca recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. They have three beautiful children: twin girls aged six and an nine-year-old boy. This family spends lots of time outdoors: biking, hiking, camping, climbing, and more. Mr. G can’t wait to soar into the new school year with the wonderful students and professionals of Blair!

Jody Gil, Elected Faculty Representative

Jody Gil is one of three Elected Faculty Representatives proudly representing Blair's amazing teaching staff! Blair is literally her home away from home, having taught here for all but her first year in MCPS. Jody begins her 21st year as an ESOL teacher, working with the best EML (ESOL) department in the county. She is always thinking outside the box to best reach, teach, and address the unique needs of our English language learner student population. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree from George Washington University, as well as National Board Certification. Additionally, she is pursuing a second Master's degree in Equity and Excellence in Education at McDaniel College, having finished the certificate program this past spring. When she's not working, Jody loves riding her Peloton bike, running, taking her miniature schnauzer Otto on walks, visiting her crazy nephews in her hometown, Columbus, Ohio, cooking, reading, and traveling.

Tess Hiller, ESOL and Reading Resource Teacher

Mrs. Tess Hiller is entering her 16th year at Montgomery Blair High School. She has been leading the Reading Department since 2015 and the ESOL Department since 2019. Mrs. Hiller is an MCPS graduate. She earned her bachelor's degrees in history and secondary education from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master of Science in TESOL from McDaniel College, and a graduate certificate in bilingual special education from George Washington University. Mrs. Hiller is married with two sons, ages 13 and 5. She enjoys running, yoga, reading, and coffee.

Kati Holmes, English Resource Teacher

Kati Holmes has worked at Blair for five years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Master’s degree from George Mason University. Prior to working in MCPS, Kati taught English and served as On-Time Graduation Coordinator in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has also worked in Curriculum Development, both in FCPS and at the University of Maryland. Kati is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Pear Deck Coach who loves helping teachers learn new tech. She and her husband enjoy DIY house projects, rock climbing, and biking.

ReBecca Hughes, Social Studies Resource Teacher

Ms. ReBecca Hughes is beginning her eighth year in Montgomery County Public Schools, having worked as a Special Education Teacher and Social Studies Teacher at Montgomery Blair High School and as an RTSE at Sherwood High School. Prior to working in MCPS, Ms. Hughes worked at Oak Hill Detention Facility and Prince George's County Public Schools. She holds a BA in History from the University of Maryland (College Park), a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Maryland, and graduate certificates in Educational Leadership, Equity and Excellence in Education from McDaniel College, and Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition from the University of Maryland. Outside of work and being a lifelong learner, she enjoys traveling, reading, going for walks/hikes near and around water, the Summertime, live music, writing/performing poetry, and quality time with family and friends. Ms. Hughes is very excited to be back at Montgomery Blair High School and the opportunity to continue to collaborate and learn with the Blair community.

Adrian Kelly, Security Team Leader

Mr. Adrian Kelly has worked for MCPS for 23 years, 20 at Montgomery Blair High School. He worked as a paraeducator for five years and a security assistant for the last 15, as well as the JV Football head coach (2005-2012) and JV Lacrosse coach (2007-2012). Adrian has a great knowledge of the Blair students and community not only from his extensive work experience but as a proud Blair alum. He is excited to continue serving the Blair community as the Security Team Leader. Adrian attended Bowie State University and is married to Yolande; they have two awesome children: Adrian Jr. and Asia. He enjoys family, sports, exercise, and travel.

Andrea Lamphier, Media Specialist

Ms. Andrea Lamphier has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for 22 years, 19 of which have been at Montgomery Blair High School. Previous to working for Montgomery County Public Schools, she worked as a Librarian at Stone Ridge School in Bethesda for several years, and before that, worked in Washington, DC, at the International Monetary Fund’s Joint Bank-Fund Library. Ms. Lamphier holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and English from the University of Houston, a Master of Science in Politics and Government of Russia from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Lamphier is the mother of two adult children and has the world’s most wonderful dog. Her years at Blair have given her insight into applying for her work in librarianship and better serving students from a wide diversity of backgrounds, needs, and interests. She looks forward to seeing students again in the media center this coming year.

Celita Lewis-Davis, Diversity and Inclusion Instructional Coordinator

Dr. Celita Lewis-Davis has been teaching for 29 years and has worked for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) since 1997. Prior to starting with MCPS, she worked as a mathematics teacher in DC Public Schools. It was there that she won the First Class Sallie Mae teacher of the year for DC. She began her MCPS journey at Montgomery Blair and transitioned to middle school as the Math IRT at Silver Spring International Middle School. She also taught mathematics at Paint Branch High School before returning to Montgomery Blair High School. Dr. Lewis-Davis believes that equity and diversity are the foundation for increasing student achievement. She has worked to diversify the mathematics department, used data to increase the number of minorities teaching upper-level mathematics, and increased minority participation in upper-level math classes. She has worked with the Algebra Project, founded by Dr. Bob Moses. It is an equity initiative in mathematics literacy, and Dr. Lewis-Davis had the opportunity to speak about the math inequities for marginalized students. She has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of the District of Columbia, M.Ed. in Urban Education from Trinity University, an Ed.S. from Walden University in Teacher Leadership, and an Ed.D. from Trident University International in Educational Leadership. She is the co-director of Blair’s Sankofa production and co-sponsor of the Blair Society for Minorities in STEM. Her research has been centered around infusing literacy in the mathematics curriculum, specifically, the Algebra 1 classroom. She has been honored by MBHS with the Stickley-Stant Faculty Service Award (2021) and has been spotlighted in the Mathematically Gifted and Black Profile (2021). Celita is married to Tim Davis and has two sons, ages 22 and 19. She is a professional musician and loves playing piano and organ, as well as drawing and figuring out math problems!

Robert J. McMahon, Jr., Health and Physical Education Resource Teacher

Mr. Robert J. McMahon, Jr. has worked at Montgomery Blair High School since 2005. He started college at the University of Pittsburgh but finished as a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. After working for few years in the fitness industry in the Philadelphia area, Mr. McMahon earned his Teacher certificate from Ursinus College and moved to Maryland. He earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Maryland and became the resource teacher of Health and Physical Education in 2012. Mr. McMahon has worked with the county to develop Weight Training curriculum, is passionate about leading an active lifestyle, and wants every student that takes Health and PE to learn to enjoy being active as well. He enjoys lifting weights, martial arts, biking, rollerblading, swimming, playing tennis, volleyball, skiing, and collecting. He resides in Silver Spring with his wife, two daughters, and dog.

Terel C. Reid, Resource Teacher of Special Education

Ms. Terel C. Reid is starting her 22nd year of teaching in MCPS. She is currently the Resource Teacher of Special Education (RTSE). Ms. Reid has received many certifications, including National Board, Highly Qualified in Special Education, Advanced Professional, and Mathematics in Education. She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a bachelor's degree in science and a master's degree in education (special education). She has taught in all areas of special education, originally teaching students with significant intellectual disabilities in a School Community-Based (SCB) Program. She then taught students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities enrolled in the Learning for Independence (LFI) Program. After earning her certification in math, Ms. Reid taught self-contained and inclusion Algebra 1 class in the Learning and Academic Disabilities (LAD) Program and served as RTSE at Gaithersburg HS in a department of more than 50 that included teachers, paraprofessionals, and dedicated aides, before accepting the RTSE position at Blair in 2017. Ms. Reid has a passion for working with students to reach their potential and loves to help each student progress in all areas of their development. Ms. Reid is a proud native of Jamaica. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching TV shows, napping, and enjoying a delicious Jamaican meal with her large family.

Summer Roark, Science Resource Teacher

Ms. Summer Roark Thiero has worked in MCPS for 23 years. She started teaching in 1996 in Prince George's County. She began teaching in MCPS at Montgomery Blair High School in 1999. Ms. Roark was also a student at Montgomery Blair High School (better known now as "old Blair"). She received a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Joseph's University in 1995 and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Trinity University in 1997. Before becoming the Resource Teacher of the science department in 2007, Ms. Roark worked on curriculum writing teams for both the Matter & Energy and Forensics Curriculums. Ms. Roark was also the senior class sponsor and the JV soccer coach for three years. Ms. Roark was featured in Bethesda Magazine as one of the area's top teachers in September 2015. She is married to John Thiero, who also works for MCPS as a security staff member. They have two daughters, Cheyenne, age 12, and Tatiana, age 13.

Beth Sanchez, Academy Coordinator

Mrs. Beth Sanchez is entering her 20th year in Montgomery County Public Schools. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from York College of Pennsylvania in Secondary Mathematics. Her early experience as a math teacher opened her eyes to the disparities in education. This led her to pursue a Master’s Degree from John Hopkins University in Special Education. As Academy Coordinator, she looks forward to working with the Blair community to enhance the high school experience by creating learning opportunities outside the classroom for all Blazers to explore their career interests. Beth enjoys traveling, camping, musicals, and playing board games with her family.

Kira Scott, SEIU Representative

Kira Scott (Curry) is a paraeducator/support to the Science Department at Blair High School. She has been employed with MCPS for 10 years and at Blair going on 7 years. She will assume the role of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Representative in the coming academic year. She is also ECA after-school monitor and supervisor. She is confident that all will quickly realize her ability to be the voice of the Blair Support Team.

Makeyda Soriano, Resource Counselor

Mrs. Makeyda Soriano is entering her 10th year in Montgomery County Public Schools, having served as a School Counselor at Winston Churchill High School before joining the School Counseling Department team at Montgomery Blair High School as a Resource Counselor in 2019. She holds a BA in Psychology from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a Master's degree in School Counseling from Trinity Washington University. She holds a National Counselor Certification (NCC) from the National Board of Certified Counselors. Outside work, she is passionate about sewing/crafting, reading, the Varsity Blair POMS team, food, and family. Mrs. Soriano is thrilled to continue leading, learning, and growing as a part of the MBHS community.

Karen Taylor-Boone, Career and Technology Education Resource Teacher

Mrs. Karen Taylor-Boone has been an educator for 22 years. For twelve years, Karen has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools as a classroom teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Southern University, a MS of Education in Curriculum Assessment from Troy State and Educational Specialist in Special Education from Augusta State University. Karen's classroom experience is in the CTE Department for over 20 years and co-teaching in the Special Education Department in the area of Autism. Karen's vision or purpose as an educator is to facilitate a culture of learning and exploration that allows students to be risk-taking in a challenging yet physically and emotionally safe educational setting. All the while, preparing students for their next chapter in life beyond high school, including in the workforce, higher educational institutions, and his/her personal relationships. Karen has been married for 19 years to Nicholas. Together, they have two sons ages 13 and 17 years old. Karen enjoys spending time relaxing on the beach surrounded by family and friends.

Her favorite motto is "“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

—Dr. Mae Jemison, first African American female astronaut

Melissa Young, Latino Achievement Coordinator

Ms. Melissa Young is in her seventh year as the Latino Achievement Coordinator at Montgomery Blair High School. She has over 25 years of experience in MCPS, teaching and leading in World Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages, working with middle and high school students. Ms. Young earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies at Vassar College and her Masters of Science in Spanish Linguistics at Georgetown University. She is the mother of two MCPS students and enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors. She looks forward to supporting Blair students and their families in the coming school year.
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Montgomery Blair High School is a nationally recognized award-winning high school located in Silver Spring, MD. Celebrating 86 years of tradition, pride & excellence! The mission of Montgomery Blair High School is to ensure that all students graduate equipped with the skills to navigate their chosen paths successfully.