Kimberly Stoppa Dent, Charles County teacher, dies at 50

October 4, 2013

Kimberly Stoppa Dent, who taught social studies and led numerous student activities at Westlake High School in Waldorf, Md., died Sept. 14 at her home in Charlotte Hall, Md. She was 50.

The cause was cancer, said her husband, Pie Dent.

Mrs. Dent began her career in the mid-1990s at Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md., and transferred shortly thereafter to Westlake, where she continued teaching until becoming ill last year.

At Westlake, she chaired the social studies department and was program coordinator and varsity coach of the cheerleading squad. She sponsored student groups that included the Future Educators Association, Students Against Drunk Driving and the mock trial and debate team.

Mrs. Dent also oversaw the school’s community service program and coordinated student fundraisers, including initiatives benefiting victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Her teaching methods were incorporated into her district’s curriculum, her husband said, and she received a recognition from the Charles County Board of Education in 2008.

Kimberly Ann Stoppa was born in Fairfax County, grew up in southern Maryland and graduated from Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf in 1981.

She received an associate’s degree in general studies from Charles County Community College — now the College of Southern Maryland — in 1993 and a bachelor’s degree in history from Bowie State University in Maryland in 1997.

She did fundraising and volunteer work for a Charles County organization that served victims of domestic violence.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Pie Dent of Charlotte Hall; two daughters, Alayna Dent and Breanna Dent, both of Charlotte Hall; her parents, Kathleen Stoppa of Waldorf and Frank Stoppa of Avon Park, Fla.; three sisters, Christine Rathbone of Warrenton, Va., Carla Kirby of Pittsboro, N.C., and Frankie Stoppa of Waldorf; and two grandsons.

— Emily Langer

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