Tuesday, August 24, 2010

An Interview with Mr. Sam Macer, President of the Maryland PTA

Parent Talk presents an informative interview with Mr. Sam Macer, President of the Maryland PTA can be heard on the Parents and PGCPS website an EduSocial Network for engaged parents and dedicated educators. Parents and PGCPS website an EduSocial Network for engaged parents and dedicated educators. This amazing conversation can also be heard on The Journey Begins, Internet Radio for the engaged parent and dedicated educator.


Sam Macer
State and Local Education Advocate

Sam is a parent, grandparent, foster parent and parent volunteer who for the past twenty years has served multiple roles within PTA, and currently serves as President of Maryland PTA. Some current additional activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Foster Parent Association; serving on the Maryland Department of Human Resources Child and Family Services Planning Advisory Committee and volunteering with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services as trainer of foster parents.

In 2003, the PTA Council of Baltimore County awarded Mr. Macer the Maryland PTA Lifetime Award and was appointed by the Board of Education of Baltimore County Public Schools, to the Minority Achievement Advisory Council and Educational Advisory Council. In 2005, he was appointed committee chair for Parent Involvement, on Dr. Grasmick’s, Maryland Parent Advisory Council (MPAC) and as a result of his work received the Maryland Parent of the Year Award.

In 2006, Sam was appointed by Dr. Grasmick to the 5 state Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center Regional Advisory Board. In 2009 Baltimore City Council appointed Sam to serve on the Baltimore City Department of Social Services Commission.

In 2007 Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith recognized Mr. Macer with a Baltimore County Executive Citation for supporting parent involvement in Baltimore County. Dr. Grasmick, awarded Sam with the 2007, Maryland Pride Award for his efforts in supporting the educational partnerships between students, parents and educators. The Maryland Department of Education recommended Sam to serve on the Maryland Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) as an advisory board member. The PIRC is a statewide entity dedicated to support parents, students and educators in their efforts to increase academic achievement for all children. In 2007 the Rotary Club honored Mr. Macer with an award for community service in the area of parent involvement in education. In 2008 National PTA accepted Sam into the Train the Trainers program and he is a certified statewide trainer. He now travels to schools across Maryland providing workshops on numerous PTA and educational subjects.

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