Community Partner: THE AVENUE at White Marsh

Mission Moment:  From our Community Partners at

THE AVENUE at White Marsh, Red Brick Station and SLICE


In celebration of educators, THE AVENUE at White Marsh and Red Brick Station announced that they will be delivering family-style dinners to each of the five finalist announced for Baltimore County Public School 2020 Teacher of the Year.


“While we believe that all teachers are deserving of our thanks and praise, each and every day, this is one small way for us recognize the hard work and dedication being demonstrated in our county’s school system,” said Lisa Geiger, Senior Marketing Manager for THE AVENUE at White Marsh.


In addition, Mr. Robert Runk of Parkville Middle School named the 2020-21 BCPS Teacher of the Year, will be treated to a classroom pizza party, once school resumes, courtesy of THE AVENUE at White Marsh and SLICE on THE AVENUE.


The five finalists who will be receiving the family-style dinners are:


Bianca Crockett is a kindergarten teacher at Battle Grove Elementary. She serves on her school’s leadership committee and is also the equity team leader. This year, she presented at the BCPS Leadership Summit for Young Women in High School and the Maryland Cultural Proficiency Conference.  She is in her fifth year at Battle Grove and her 10th year overall as an educator.


Claudia Enders is a special education teacher at Charlesmont Elementary. She works with some of the school’s youngest learners, who are just 3- and 4-years old. Enders leads Charlesmont’ s environmental club. She recently partnered with the Baltimore County Police Department to ensure that her students could build a rapport.  She is in her third year at Charlesmont and her 13th as a teacher.


Amara Griffin leads the makerspace lab at Lansdowne Elementary, where she provides hands-on science, technology, math, and engineering activities for the school’s 631 students.  She also organized efforts to develop Lansdowne Elementary’ s new garden. Griffin is in her sixth year at Lansdowne Elementary and 11th overall as an educator.  She is a Woodlawn High graduate.


Taylor Ransome is the science department chair at New Town High. He founded The Initiative, a male mentorship program at New Town High.  He is also the school’s junior

varsity basketball coach and Project Lead the Way coordinator.  He is in his fifth year as a teacher at New Town High and 8th year overall.


Robert Runk is a special education teacher at Parkville Middle. He also served as a paraeducator there. He leads a mentorship program for male students at Parkville Middle and leads a martial arts program through the Parkville Recreational Program.  He has worked for seventeen years at Parkville Middle in various roles and is in his 6th year there as a teacher.  He is a Sparrows Point High graduate.


The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. wishes to extend gratitude to THE AVENUE at White Marsh for its continuous partnership and support to public education in Baltimore County.  Thank you to Red Brick Station, and SLICE on THE AVENUE for joining the Caravan of Gratitude.   The foundation provides community business partners the opportunity to participate in the Caravan of Gratitude initiative which recognizes and celebrates Baltimore County Public Schools Teacher of the Year finalist and recipient, Principal of the Year and School Resource Officer of the Year.   If interested in contributing, kindly contact the Foundation Headquarters at 443.809.8962.