Mary Ellen Verona  

To the regret of all who knew her and worked with her over the years, Dr. Mary Ellen Verona, founder of the Maryland Virtual High School of Science and Mathematics and former Magnet teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, died October 7, 2002, after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 56 years old. Dr. Verona will always be remembered for her longstanding dedication and her pioneering work as an educator within the realms of science and computer science.

Read our memorial to Dr. Verona or some of the comments made by her colleagues:
  • Dave Curtis - "...When I think of Mary Ellen, I think of the strength of her character, her courage, her keen intelligence, her strive to succeed, not out of blind ambition, but because she felt that the work she was doing and leading was so important...."
  • Linda Davis - "Mary Ellen opened doors to opportunities...her love of learning and her attitude that the kids deserve our best effort are her best legacy..."
  • Bob Gotwals - "...Mary Ellen was able to touch thousands of lives through her work with other teachers..."
  • Jeff Royer - "Mary Ellen was an inspiration."

The SC2002 Education Program was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Verona.

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