Patch caught up with science, technology, engineering and math department Chairwoman Renee Stout in May.
Patch stopped the Baltimore resident to ask .
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.