Robert Hines has been a history teacher in Montgomery County for the past forty-five years and has been the leader of county student archaeology programs for the past thirty years. Additionally, he has taught the “Teaching and Studying the Holocaust” course to MCPS teachers for thirty years.
Todd Stillman is a social studies teacher. In his spare time, he likes to read history, literature, mysteries, and many magazines.
Ron Frezzo has been an educator for over forty-four years and has taught in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and here at Richard Montgomery, where he has enjoyed teaching for twenty-nine of those years. In addition to directing four choruses, he teaches IB Advanced Music and AP Music Theory and sponsors the music honor society and a cappella ensembles. Ron Frezzo has been a teacher-trainer for the International Baccalaureate Organization since 1995 and has lead over forty workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and overseas. Mr. Frezzo has won multiple awards for outstanding teaching and service to public education.
Bonnie Peyer teaches Honors and IB English to seniors at Richard Montgomery High School, from which she graduated in 1991 as part of the first IB cohort. She holds degrees from Penn State University, the University of Southern California, and George Washington University. In addition to her fourteen years teaching English to students in Montgomery County, she has worked as an at-home mom during school vacations, a writer for an internet company (which, in 1996, thought it would make perfect sense to publish a print directory of the web), and an array of other jobs that paid richly in experience.
Laura Goetz has been a math teacher at Richard Montgomery High School for twenty years. She did her student teaching at Richard Montgomery in the fall of 1993, was hired to teach math at Richard Montgomery in the spring of 1994, and is now the department chair of Richard Montgomery’s math department. She is the proud mother of six children ranging in age from 33 to 10. She loves spending time with family, the beach, reading, and sports.
Ankita Reddy is in 11th grade in the IB program at Richard Montgomery High School. Ankita spends most of her time doing Indian classical dance, and performs in many places such as the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the Wolf Trap. When she is not doing schoolwork or dancing, Ankita is an active member of the countywide student government association and her Girl Scouts. She loves to watch foreign films and bake in her spare time (she makes a mean carrot cake) and also enjoys volunteering at the local nature center.
Summer Oh is an Asian-American freshmen. Her mother is a big inspiration to her and the perspectives she has. Summer is here today to share the important lessons her mother has taught her, lessons teaching everyone to embrace differences and fight against stereotypes. Lessons surrounding the idea of "being the change in the world you want to see".
Josh Weaver is a current undergraduate at the University of Maryland. He is a Richard Montgomery alumnus, and is now majoring in Linguistics with a focus on Persian, and is minoring as well in French and Global Terrorism Studies. He is a lover of history, literature, art, and above all language, and is honored to speak before you today.
When Raja turned one he lived for six months with his grandparents in the heart of South India. There, and on his consequent visits, he was exposed to all manners of Indian cultural influences which have had a profound and long-lasting impact on his life. Those cultural influences combined with a love of numbers and mathemagic, as well as years of experience in forensics (the fear of not speaking in public), have come together to bring you his speech on a very special set of techniques from Ancient India that can be applied to your daily life.
Jessica Li is a current senior at Richard Montgomery High School. Nine years ago, Jessica immigrated to this country with her parents in search of freedom, equality, and a better life. Throughout this time, Jessica has witnessed the obstacles confronting the newcomers to America and documented much of her insights in poems and essays. In her talk, Jessica will recount an experience her family encountered during their journey to become permanent residents of the United States that forever reshaped her life values.
Sultan Mahmud is a first generation American, whose parents migrated to the US from Bangladesh before he was born. As the son of parents who were unfamiliar with the country, he has had to figure out many things about life in America on his own through various experiences and failures. These have molded him into the motivated yet at the same time oddly idle creature that he is today.
I would first like to thank everyone involved in putting this event together and giving me the opportunity to share my ideas. I’d also like to congratulate all the other speakers for their hard work and determination; you are all deserving of this opportunity. But most of all I’d like to thank my friends, the ones I’ve known forever and the ones I’ve met this year for all the memories and the great times we’ve had, this one’s for you.
Creativity was a thread tightly woven into Susanqi Jiang’s life from the beginning. Susanqi’s artwork is reflective and deliberate, exploring the complexity of everyday snapshot moments. She also hopes to encourage personal expression and inspire passion, patience, and empathy in others by teaching art to young kids. In her talk, Susanqi will be discussing the profound lessons she learned painting with her grandma, and how she hopes to use art to instill these same lessons within others.
Trinish Chatterjee is an IB junior at Richard Montgomery High School. He was born in India, but moved to the US at the age of 2, and so has grown up with both his native and resident culture side-by-side. Outside schoolwork and his activities, his hobbies include web design, piano, and, of course, language learning.
Eileen is a sophomore at RM. One of her many interests is in music, so she is here today, giving a TEDx Talk on it. In this speech, she will concentrate on her specialty, classical music. Anyone who thinks not so highly of it at this moment will soon be persuaded to think about classical music—and any other type of music, for that matter—in another, more thoughtful way.