Q&A: North County High School's Renee Stout
Renee Stout, of Baltimore, is the department chairwoman for the school's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program.
Patch caught up with North County High School science, technology, engineering and math department Chairwoman Renee Stout in May.
Patch stopped the Baltimore resident to ask Five Questions.
Glen Burnie Patch: How long have you been in education?
Renee Stout: Thirteen years. I've been here since '03. I was in Talbot County. I was in Prince George's County and then here since '03.
Patch: How did you decide to go into education?
Stout: I have two degrees—music performance and English/secondary ed degree. So I just always wanted to be able to find a way to help kids express themselves. Whether it be through music, or dance or literature. I just wanted to be able to help kids express who they really are and what they really believe. And I always found myself in leadership roles so it was a natural progression. And I come from a long line of teachers. My mom's a teacher, my sister's a principal, my aunt's a reading specialist, my step-father's a principal.
Patch: You started teaching at the middle school level. What made you decide to start in middle school and then transition to the high school level?
Stout: I'm certified for grades 7 through 12. What drew me to middle school at the time was the cross-curricular planning. I liked themed units. I liked being able to make multiple connections to a topic across a curriculum. I feel like we were really able to touch on the whole students and I liked linking those things together for kids. And coming to high school, I started in reading and in English. I think coming to high school I wanted a more literature-based focus. I wanted to help kids have fun with literature and be able to make those connections of expression.
Patch: Where did you go to high school? College? What degree do you hold?
Stout: I went to Albert Gallatin High School ... in Uniontown, PA. Seton Hill, and that was in Greensburg, PA. Then I got an associate's in dance from Anne Arundel Community College. I went to Gratz [College] for my master's [in educational leadership] and then I went to Goucher [College] for my admin certification. Probably in the summer I'll start my doctorate. I like to learn.
Patch: What do you do in your free time?
Stout: I dance in DC with a modern troupe. I'm a member of the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma—it's an all-women's group of educators that promotes excellence in education. My sister's a principal in PG County so we do a lot of outreach.