Parent Involvement Matters Award (MSDE)

The Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) Program is the nation’s first statewide initiative of its kind – recognizing parents and legal guardians for their exceptional support of public education.  

Created by the Maryland State Department of Education, this award recognizes parents for demonstrating significant and positive impact on education in their communities.  MSDE believes that parent involvement is the single most important factor that leads to student success.

Parents from local school systems across the State of Maryland are nominated for their contributions in one or more of the five areas of parental involvement:  Communication; Volunteering; Learning; Decision Making; and Community Collaboration.

Nominations begin in December of each year.  Parents may be nominated by other parents, PTA officers, and Wicomico County principals and staff.  To nominate a parent, contact, Faye Wilson:
telephone: (410) 677-4529.

Wicomico County PIMA semi-finalists are:

2016 - Donna Turnamian, James M. Bennett High

2015 – Dr. Glenn Hornstein, Westside Intermediate

2014 – Courtney Deason, Wicomico Middle

2013 – Karen Bromley, Pittsville Elementary/Middle

2012 – Lauralyn Geiser, Fruitland Primary

2011 – Ben Brumbley, Parkside High

2010 – Lori Gillis, Glen Avenue Elementary

2009 – Ginny Steuart, Glen Avenue Elementary

2008 – Kathy Sterling, Pinehurst Elementary