This fall, Magothy River Middle School will have two new administrators, with Nuria Williams becoming principal and Hanne Denney stepping into the role of assistant principal.
Williams was unavailable for an interview, but Denney shared some insight on her background and future goals.
Prior to this position, Denney held the same role at Annapolis Middle School. A married mom of two, Denney has lived in Anne Arundel County for 37 years and considers herself to be a “lifelong learner.” Denney is also a National Board Certified Teacher in exceptional needs.
“I was very excited to hear about my transfer and am eager to start work,” she said. “I am anticipating meeting students and teachers.” She wants people to know that she truly believes every student is capable of success and she will do whatever she can to help them achieve that success.
With regards to other staff members at Magothy River, Denney hopes to show them that she is a positive person who believes in listening before speaking. “I will ask questions, take questions, and work to find answers,” Denney said.
When asked what makes Magothy River unique, Denney stated, “Magothy River has a very supportive family community, very well-designed programs, and I sense an interest in the world beyond that of the school.”
In her new role, Denney looks forward to being part of a positive community of learning. She believes that all of us are lifelong learners and wants to support that in any way she can.
As an educator, Denney feels that it is imperative to have a positive attitude. “All children can learn and all children want to learn,” She said.
When asked about a defining moment in her career, she shared that she once had a former student tell her that she convinced him to persevere in school.
While children, families and teachers are enjoying their summer break, an entire team is working hard at schools throughout the county to prepare buildings and programs that support instruction. Staff members are busy creating schedules, hiring teachers, contacting substitutes, structuring activities and setting up clubs, among other things.
Administrators have a tough job. Not only do they help keep things running smoothly for staff and students but they also care deeply about the overall wellbeing of every student.
“We work very hard to support our students, to follow county rules and procedures, to follow educational law, refine existing programs and develop new programs,” Denney said. “But we are always asking ourselves, ‘What is best for our students at this time?’”