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photo of Jessica ReinhardDr. Jessica Reinhard, Supervisor
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Education
Dr. Reinhard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education: English from Frostburg State University and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  Additionally, Dr. Reinhard earned her Maryland State Department of Education Gifted and Talented Specialist Certification through the University of North Georgia. She completed her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction at Frostburg State University. Her dissertation focused on the knowledge and application of gifted education pedagogy in the classroom.

BackgroundDr. Reinhard’s career began as a middle school English language arts and reading teacher in Rogers, Arkansas. Upon her return to Maryland, she began a 17-year career with Washington County Public Schools by teaching one year of High School English at Hancock Middle-Senior High School before spending three years as the Literacy Student Achievement Specialist at E. Russell Hicks Middle School. She then moved to the district level to serve as the Coordinator of Secondary English Language Arts for almost two years prior to her appointment as the Supervisor of PreK-12 Advanced Programs for 11 years. Dr. Reinhard’s passion for the education of students with gifts and talents extends to collaborative work at the state level.


photo of Lawrence Paul Lawrence Paul, Teacher Specialist (Elementary)
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Lawrence joined FCPS in 2004 after teaching in Grand Forks, ND and spent the next thirteen years teaching at Hillcrest and Parkway Elementary Schools before joining the Advanced Academics central office team. From 2011 to 2017, Lawrence served as Advanced Academics Specialist at Parkway, working with students in all grades, K-5. He has been active in the FCPS Young Scholars program and has served as a mentor for new teachers and specialists. Lawrence holds a Master's degree in elementary education from the University of North Dakota and an administrative certificate from Hood College.


Kelli Smith portraitKelli Smith, Teacher Specialist (Elementary)
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Kelli joined FCPS in 2001 after several years teaching middle school in St. Louis, Missouri. Before joining the Advanced Academics department, she spent most of her FCPS years teaching at Centerville Elementary School focusing her efforts on helping to meet the needs of highly-abled students. She has also worked with the Professional Development team as a Third Grade Master Teacher/Mentor for new hires. In 2017, she was a top three finalist for Frederick County Public School Teacher of the Year and the following year she was awarded with Frederick County Public School’s Washington Post Teacher of the Year. In 2020, Kelli was awarded an Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education Award from the Maryland GT Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geo-Environmental Studies and Education, a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently becoming fully certified in Gifted and Talented Education.


photo of Carrie CrawfordCarrie Crawford, Teacher Specialist (Secondary)
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Carrie joined FCPS in 2001 with eight years of teaching experience.  She spent her first thirteen years with FCPS teaching Science at West Frederick and Walkersville Middle Schools. She has served as a team leader, department chair and mentor for new teachers and specialists. In 2014 she joined the Advanced Academics as the HAL Teacher Specialist for Math and Science. She served in that role until 2019. Carrie has presented at numerous state and regional conferences and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Science.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Secondary Education from the College of Wooster, a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College and an administrative certificate from Frostburg University.


Brenda Kurtianyk portraitBrenda Kurtianyk, Primary Talent Development
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Brenda began her teaching career in Rochester, New York and joined FCPS in 2000.  She has taught at T.J. Middle School, New Market Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary School.  Brenda has experience teaching Special Education, Reading Recovery and Reading Intervention, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade.  In 2014, she became a Teacher Specialist in Advanced Academics. Brenda has been a teacher in the Young Scholars program at the Elementary and Middle School levels.  She also holds an English Language Learner certificate. Brenda received the Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education Teacher as Leader Award in 2018. She is a FCPS Vanguard Teacher.  Brenda developed and co-instructed MSDE Tap Into Talent: Teaching Advanced Learners in the Elementary Classroom. She has served on several district-based and school-based committees.


Charlotte Landahl portraitCharlotte Landahl, Primary Talent Development
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Charlotte joined FCPS in 1998 after beginning her teaching career in North Carolina.  Over the course of 20 plus years with FCPS, she has instructed students in Third Grade, Kindergarten, and Pre-K Special Education inclusive classrooms as well as a serving as a Special Education Teacher in the Infants and Toddlers Program.  Charlotte joined the Advanced Academic team as a Primary Talent Development Teacher Specialist in 2018.   During the past three years in the Advanced Academics Department, Charlotte has served over 18 schools with Primary Talent Development support for our Highly Able Learners and teachers.  She received the Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education Award in 2020.  She has presented at the Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented annual State Conference and authored several articles.  Charlotte is a member of The FCPS Vanguard Program and has dedicated time to many committees within FCPS.  Charlotte served on the Special Education Advisory Board (SECAC) for 5 years.  She has served as a High School Field Hockey Coach at Oakdale and Linganore High Schools.  Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Cortland State College, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Johns Hopkins University and completed the Administrative Program at Hood College.


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