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This year, in her first year as head of school, Principal Valentine was nominated for the BCPSS ‘Heart of the School’ Award by her staff, parents and students, touting her efforts in leading BDS towards its full potential. Principal Valentine made the cut as a 2017 finalist, recognized for the changes she has effected in our school in just a year.

About the award

The Fund for Educational Excellence, together with Baltimore City Public Schools as well as business, foundation and community partners, is hosting the second annual Heart of the School Awards to celebrate Baltimore City Public Schools’ Principals. This special night will recognize exceptional leaders who have demonstrated exemplary innovation, execution, and leadership, building strong school cultures.

We recognize that each school is unique with distinct challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, we will consider all grade levels, school types (elementary, middle, high; traditional and charter; alternative and specialized), and student populations.

Congratulations Principal Zaharah Valentine! We appreciate you!

To learn more about the ‘Heart of the School’ Award, click here.

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