Montgomery College President on U.S. Panel

Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley has been named to a federal commission to study higher education.

Nunley is one of 19 education, business and government leaders appointed to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education by Margaret Spellings, the education secretary.

Nunley has worked at the college since 1979 and has been president since 1999. For more information, visit www.ed.gov.

Silver Spring Teacher

Is Finalist for State Award

Kimberly Oliver, a kindergarten teacher at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, has been named a finalist for 2005-06 Maryland Teacher of the Year. She helped to restructure the curriculum and improve instruction at the school, which receives Title I funds to aid low-income students. Oliver, a graduate of Hampton University, has taught at Broad Acres since 2000.

County Honors Principal

At Olney Middle School

Sarah Pinkney-Murkey, principal at Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney, received the Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award, given to a county administrator who shows exceptional ability to encourage academic excellence, positive human relations and strong community outreach. Pinkney-Murkey has been principal at Rosa Parks for 13 years.

Northwest Forum to Focus

On Improving Instruction

Northwest High School will hold a community forum from 7 to 9:30 p.m. next Thursday to discuss ways to improve education.

The forum, sponsored by the Montgomery County public school system, will focus on the annual updating of the system's strategic plan and the yearly operating budget. 12501 Richter Farm, Germantown. 301-279-3626 or www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/community/forums.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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