Committe Descriptions

HCPSS Parent Committees that WFES Parents Can Join


Career Advisory Committees

Each of the Career Academies offered by the HCPSS has an advisory committee composed of representatives from the school system, students, local businesses and industry, and the community at large. The role of Career Academies advisory committees is to review curriculum, discuss any industry trends and technology that should be included in curriculum, and offer suggestions and support for additional opportunities such as field trips, scholarships, competitions, guest speaking, etc.

Contact and Membership Information: Office of Career and Technology Education – 410-313-6629

Elementary Curricular Advisory Committee (ECAC)


  • Establish and maintain positive partnerships among families, community and HCPSS with focus on the Elementary Programs and initiatives.
  • Establish two-way communication among families, community and HCPSS related to the Elementary Programs and initiatives.
  • Advise the Elementary Office by recommending ways to help provide continuous improvement as reflected by achievement and performance data to ensure that all students are on or above grade level in reading and mathematics.

Contact and Membership Information: Elementary Curricular Programs Office, Nancy Dickson – 410-313-1538

Mathematics Advisory Committee (MAC): The mission of the Mathematics Advisory Committee is to give support, lend its collective expertise and advice to and advocate for the HCPSS mathematics program. The Mathematics Advisory Committee will serve as a forum for sharing ideas, information and concerns, and suggesting initiatives for the mathematics program.Co-Chairs: Dr. Genevieve Knight & Ed Tkacz

Contact and Membership Information: Secretary, Elizabeth Hennessey

School Health Council: The School Health Council serves as an advisory to the Superintendent of Howard County Public Schools and the Health Officer of the Howard County Health Department on coordinated school health programs to include a healthful school environment, health and safety instruction, and school health services.

The School Health Council is mandated by Maryland State Education Regulations. Its members are drawn from a broad segment of the community, including health, business, clergy, voluntary organizations, social services, parents as well as members from the School System and the Health Department.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Coordinator of Health and Physical Education, Linda Rangos – 410-313-6752
  • Coordinator of Health Services, Donna Heller – 410-313-6637

Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Contact and Membership Information: Chairperson, Russ Poch

Secondary Language Arts Advisory Committee

This committee consists of Secondary Language Arts teachers, administrators, students, parents, and other interested community members who meet to advise, support, and advocate for the continuous improvement of educational programs in order to ensure that all Howard County students are college and career-ready.

Contact and Membership Information: Administrative Secretary, Elaine Zavaleta – 410-313-6620

Social Studies Advisory Committee

The mission of the Social Studies Advisory Committee is to offer staff advice from multiple perspectives on social studies decisions and future directions aligned with the Bridge to Excellence Master Plan. Committee members will review curriculum and new textbooks, participate in long-range planning and goal setting, provide support for the social studies budget, and receive updates on professional development and student programs.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Coordinator of Secondary Social Studies, Mark Stout – 410-313-6622
  • Coordinator of Elementary Social Studies, Kim Loisel – 410-313-5693

Special Education Community Advisory Committee (SECAC)

SECAC and HCPSS encourage and welcome parent involvement in every phase of a child’s educational journey. In the area of special education, parent involvement is crucial.

SECAC is dedicated to educating parents, educators and the community in matters unique to the needs of children and young adults with disabilities. By identifying unmet needs of students, parents, and the many professionals who work with them, the committee advocates for constructive change and the supports that are necessary to provide quality educational opportunities for all students. SECAC is committed to the principle that all students can learn and that they will contribute something unique and invaluable to our community. To that end, SECAC seeks to create acceptance and respect for persons with special needs within our schools and society. SECAC strives to work in a mutually respectful and collaborative manner with educators because it recognizes the vital importance of the home-school relationship for successful outcomes.

Contact and Membership Information

World Language Advisory Committee (WLAC)

The mission of the World Language Advisory Committee is to advise, support and advocate for the continuous improvement of world language educational programs. Their efforts will ensure that all students meet established performance standards and that the partnership between the Office of World Languages and the community grows stronger.

Contact and Membership Information: World Languages Coordinator, Deborah Espitia – 410-313-7845

Ad Hoc Committees

Periodically committees are convened to consider and make recommendations related to school system operations, education policies, and procedures. Community participation may be sought through public notice in local newspapers, through the PTA, and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Board of Education.

Community Advisory Council (CAC) to the Board of Education (BOE)

The CAC to the BOE was established to provide interested citizens with ways to become involved with public education in Howard County. The committee reports directly to the BOE and serves as a channel for concerns, advice, and information from the public to reach the BOE. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682.