Instructor teaching student about working with video cameras

 Passion for Learning is another family to me. It really helped guide my future. 

- Saphir Vilmar, P4L alumna and 2019 graduate of Morgan State University

 

People

Students and their schools

Passion for Learning works with 6th-7th and 8th grade boys and girls to help them advance their tech skills and interests as well as plans for success in high school and college. Our partner middle schools are:

  • Eastern
  • Silver Spring International
  • White Oak
  • Colonel E. Brooke Lee
  • Parkland
  • Argyle
  • A. Mario Loiederman
  • Francis Scott Key

 

Instructors

At each of our partner schools, we link students to talented and caring MCPS teachers, who encourage our youth and help them strive and achieve. Many of our teachers have been with our programs for several years. Examples include Ned MacFadden at Eastern Middle School, who’s been one of our “adolescent whisperers” for 8+ years. And, Jo Doerrman at Argyle Middle school, who has been teaching computer technology for us since 2006. And…Pamela Altman, Technology specialist at Loiederman Middle School whose GRRL Tech girls are regular Youth Media Festival finalists and winners. Additionally, we have a special partnership with Karen Giacopuzzi, founder of Gadget Lab, who leads one of our most popular after school programs, "Tech Squad." 

Inspiring Adults

Each year we engage adult professionals who visit after school programs or host field trips for our students. They inspire our youth and stimulate their interests in future information and communication technology courses and professions. Field trips include Dig-It! Games video game design studio, the local WUSA9 television station, campuses of Montgomery College, Universities at Shady Grove, Towson University, UMBC, American University and the annual Montgomery County Youth Media Festival. Program guests have included video game designers, photographers, videographers and women professionals in tech companies.

Classroom Assistants

Passion for Learning engages high school and college students--including program alums-- who volunteer or work for us. Over the past year, 10 students have coached and mentored their younger peers at after school and summer programs. Our thanks go out to: Alyssa P, Alyssa B, Jake J, Helena S, Noah E, Leiani B, Merry H, Astrid T, Rose V and Marissa P.

Instructor teaching student about working with video cameras

 Passion for Learning is another family to me. It really helped guide my future. 

- Saphir Vilmar, P4L alumna and 2019 graduate of Morgan State University