With Students and Employees, Maryland School Fosters a Community Spirit

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bridget Collins waited a long time to go back to McDonogh School. A 1990 graduate, she hoped to teach there after she graduated from Bucknell University, but there were no openings. She got a master's degree in teaching, but McDonogh still wasn't hiring. Finally, Collins returned in 2000 to her alma mater, where she's now an upper school history teacher and soccer and softball coach.

"McDonogh made me want to be a teacher," Collins said. "The experience I had as a student here made me want to teach."

A coeducational private school for kindergarten through grade 12, McDonogh — which snagged the No. 1 spot in the mid-size category for Baltimore's Top Workplaces — is located on nearly 800 lush acres near Owings Mills. It was founded in 1873 as a farm school for poor boys. Its founder, John McDonogh, focused on character, and the school's modern-day mission statement follows suit: "Embracing diversity of background, culture, and thought, the school builds upon its founder's original mission to provide life-altering opportunities and to develop in students the will 'to do the greatest amount of good.”

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