Update from Joe Landgraf, NCHS ‘11

NCHS Alumni Scholarship Recipient


Currently, I am in my second year of graduate school, getting my Master's Degree in History from Villanova University. At Villanova, I am a graduate assistant and have been working as an undergraduate teaching assistant for a course on the U.S. Constitution. Prior to attending Villanova, I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2015 with two degrees: B.A. in History and a B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education. I graduated certified to teach in MD, student taught at Montgomery Blair High School in Montgomery County, and after graduating from Villanova next spring, intend on returning to MD to teach high school social studies.


This past summer, as part of my James Madison Memorial Fellowship (which is helping to fund my MA program), I took a 6 credit course on the U.S. Constitution at Georgetown University that included field trips all around DC. One of the more special opportunities was meeting Secretary of Education John King, Jr., a former Madison fellow himself. The picture attached here is from that meeting. The James Madison Memorial Fellowship is awarded to 1-2 secondary teachers per state per year who are seeking their Master's in History or Education and who want to incorporate a greater knowledge-base of the Constitution into their classroom. 


Photo of Joe with Secretary of Education John King, Jr taken Summer 2016

(Update: Fall 2016)

Update from Gerald De Leon, NCHS ‘13

NCHS Alumni Scholarship Recipient


Gerald is currently in her spring semester of her sophomore year at the University of Maryland - College Park.  She is a Behavioral and Community Health major in the School of Public Health .


Gerald is involved with an on-campus student advocate group called MaryPIRG (Maryland Public Interest Research Group). She’s participating with the current alleviating homelessness and hunger campaign and volunteers at the DC soup kitchen at least once a week. She also helps host food drives and other small events. Gerald was also part of the Residence Halls Association Council during the fall semester. 


She’s attended almost all of the home football games since UMCP joined the BIG TEN Conference and attends home basketball games whenever she can.


“I want to take this opportunity to thank you all again for the wonderful scholarship that helped alleviate some of the financial stress of my education. It feels amazing to know that the NCHS community has a fantastic alumni network for support.  Thank you and best wishes to you all!”  Gerald De Leon '13


Photo of Gerald with Dr. Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland, November 2014

(Update: Spring 2015)

Update from Pat Carey, NCHS '11 

NCHS Alumni Scholarship recipient


It’s hard to believe Pat is already in his spring semester of his junior year at Stevenson University! He’s majoring in Education and is the goalkeeper on the SU soccer team. Pat was a student teacher his sophomore year at North Glen Elementary and East Middle School (Carroll County). He’s currently student teaching History at Sudbrook Middle School in Reisterstown (Baltimore County).


Pat enjoyed teaching at these schools, which allowed him the opportunity to understand how different county school systems can be. Pat also volunteers with a weekly mentoring program through the SU soccer team, working one-on-one with students at Chatsworth Elementary School in Baltimore County. 


Pat is confident with his career choice and is looking forward to teaching, hopefully somewhere in Anne Arundel County. 


(Update: Spring 2014)

Update from Joseph Landgraf, NCHS '11

NCHS Alumni Scholarship recipient


Joey is currently attending the University of Maryland, College Park and double majoring in Secondary Education in Social Studies and History. His goal is to be a high school history teacher.


Overall, he’s had many exciting classes, one of which allowed him to intern for Delegate Kathy Szeliga of the Maryland General Assembly. He is now a teaching assistant for that class, allowing him to combine his love for politics with his love for teaching by sharing his experience as an intern in Annapolis.


Looking forward, he has an application deadline fast-approaching for the College of Education's Professional Teaching Certification Program, which would allow him to start teaching right after he graduates. Maybe we’ll see him back at NCHS!


Joey is appreciative for the financial support the NCHS Alumni Scholarship provided. 


(Update: Spring 2014)

The North County High School Alumni Scholarship Fund is incorporated in the State of Maryland and recognized by the IRS as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code