Friday, April 26, 2013

John Hanson French Immersion Parent Named PIMA Finalist

April 25, 2013
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
2013 PIMA Semifinalist
UPPER MARLBORO, MD - Kimberly Hall, parent volunteer at John Hanson French Immersion School in Hillcrest Heights, has been named a semifinalist and will represent Prince George's County in the competition for the 2013 Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA). Five finalists and the statewide winner will be announced during a gala event on May 17 at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore.
"We are extremely proud of the many contributions Mrs. Hall has made to her children's school," said Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, Interim Superintendent of Schools. "She truly sets the bar for parent involvement, and we wish her all the best on May 17 when the winner of the award is announced."

The PIMA Program, created by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), recognizes parents from local school systems across the State of Maryland who have been nominated for their contributions in one or more of the following areas: Communication, Volunteering, Learning, Decision Making and Community Collaboration. It is the nation's first statewide initiative to recognize parents and legal guardians for their exceptional support of public education. The program's theme, "Choose Your Seat. Get Involved." encourages parents to get involved by making the point that there are many ways to support public school education.

"Mrs. Hall volunteers and works tirelessly with our school administration, county Board Members and parents to ensure that matters pertinent to our school's program are addressed," said Lysianne Essama, principal of John Hanson French Immersion School. "I continue to be impressed with Mrs. Hall's ethics, consistency and reliability evidenced by the actions she has conducted in our school; actions that have helped shape and improve our French Immersion program."

Hall's contributions have been many and varied. She's served as Classroom Mom, currently oversees the school's Middle School Programs and started the school's annual Black History Celebration. She is a member of the school's Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA), was elected to serve as PTSA President for two terms (2008-2010), acted as the PTSA School Board Liaison (2010-2012) and currently serves as the PTSA Program Chair. Hall formed and led a committee that successfully established a school uniform policy in 2009.

Hall has also expanded academic enrichment opportunities for students, including bringing the Mad Science program to the school to improve science scores on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA), leading after-school dance classes and initiating the Mandarin Club to offer middle school students the chance to experience the Chinese language and culture. Most importantly, she played a major role in the quest to find a new site for the expanding French Immersion program - which has since moved into the former Shugart middle school site.

Hall is married, has a career and has three children who attend John Hanson French Immersion School in kindergarten and grades 2 and 6.

For more information about this year's PIMA program, click here. To read bios of all 24 nominees for the 2013 PIMA Award, click here.

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