Deborah L. Winson,
Our principal, Mrs. Deborah Winson, has served in the Carroll County Public School System since 1993. She was a teacher at Robert Moton Elementary and Piney Ridge Elementary for many years, before serving as assistant principal at Hampstead Elementary School. In 2014, Mrs. Winson was appointed to Principal of Mount Airy Elementary.
Mrs. Jennifer Mitchell has been a part of the MAES staff since 2013. She was the instrumental music teacher, and is currently our Assistant Principal. She has her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Towson University and her Master's degree in School Administration from McDaniel College. While she was teaching at MAES, Mrs. Mitchell has also served our school community as School Improvement Team Leader, PBIS Team Leader, and Equity Liasion. She has been in an administrative role at MAES since 2019.
PBIS at MAES
Our PBIS Team mission is to serve the MAES students, staff, and community by fostering a positive learning environment in which expected behaviors are taught, modeled, and reinforced. We will create a safe and supportive environment in which both students and staff can grow as respectful, responsible, and resilient citizens of their global community.
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for: ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings.
PBIS is NOT a program or a curriculum. It IS a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating an environment within which school-based teams of educators are trained:
- Systems change
- Effective behavior management principles and practices; and
- Applications of research-validated instruction and management practices.
The foundation of PBIS is teaching expected behaviors. The expected behaviors emphasized at Mt. Airy Elementary School are the 3 Rs: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Students are expected to demonstrate these behaviors at all locations throughout the school. In order to illustrate these behaviors, matrices are utilized to describe specifically how to show the expected behavior. Teachers will have weekly class meetings to teach and reinforce school-wide expectations.
Students demonstrating the 3 Rs: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience will earn Cardinal Cash. School staff members will distribute the cash to acknowledge an individual student's positive behavior. Cash can be saved and used to redeem incentives through each classroom reward menus. Cash will also be used to allow students to enter school-wide drawings. The Cardinal Cash will change color each quarter so that all tickets must be collected, redeemed, and accounted for prior to color change.
Staff members may also choose to recognize exceptional student behavior by submitting a Positive Office Referral.
Built and occupied in 1935, Mount Airy Elementary School has had rooms and additions added through the years. In the mid-80's, the school received major renovations that are reflected in its current appearance both inside and out. The school maintains the charm of its history and incorporates modern technology to enhance the learning environment, including a natural gas-fired heating system, school-wide air conditioning, and Internet access from the classrooms and computer lab. Currently we house approximately 470 students in grades 3, 4, and 5.
|The original building, built in 1935, was destroyed by fire.|
|At one time, our school was Mount Airy High School.|
School Hours: 9:15am to 3:45pm