Fourth Annual Heart of the School Awards Recap

On Monday, May 20th over 550 principals, teachers, parents, students, and corporate and community leaders packed the Hippodrome Theatre for the Heart the School Awards, the annual event celebrating Baltimore City Public Schools principals for their hard work and dedication to their students, staff and communities.

2019 marked the highest-attended Heart of the School Awards to date! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us and ensure that principals feel as valued and appreciated as they are!

Heart of the School Award Winners and Honorees

Five standout leaders were honored, chosen out of more than 500 community nominations for creating school communities where students are inspired to learn; teachers are valued, celebrated, and supported; parents are engaged and recognized as the assets they are to the development of their child; and student outcomes are improving. Each will receive $2,500 to spend on their schools.

  • Patricia Burrell– North Bend Elementary/Middle School
  • Francesca Gamber– Bard Early College High School
  • Chad Kramer– Patterson Park Public Charter School
  • Zulema Sockwell Moore– William S. Baer School
  • Danielle Tillman-Cromartie– Harford Heights Elementary School

Click here to read more about the winners and here to watch the videos screened during the event showing each winner in action at their schools.
Five Honorees were also recognized, each receiving $1,000 for their schools.

  • Corey Basmajian– Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School
  • Mark Gaither– Wolfe Street Academy
  • Diya Hafiz-Slayton– Brehms Lane Public Charter School
  • Cathy Miles– Abbottston Elementary School
  • Jael Samuel– Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School

Congratulations to all winners and honorees!

2019 Heart of the School Fund Update

Proceeds from the Heart of the School Awards support the Heart of the School Fund – the year-round program delivering grants to principals for school enhancements such as musical instruments, school plays, field trips and even community gardens. Thanks to Baltimore’s support and that of our amazing sponsors, the Heart of the School Fund has awarded more than $350,000 across 89 grants over the past three years to principals.

The Heart of the School Fund will again receive applications starting in July. Spread the word to principals in your networks! Learn more about the Heart of the School Fund here.

2019 Heart of the School Principal Raffle

Thanks to the generous donations from individuals and businesses across Baltimore, we created prize packages that principals in attendance at the Heart of the School Awards could enter to win. In total, these prize packages are worth more than $8,500 and included Ravens and Orioles tickets, restaurant gift cards, tickets to local theatres, and more. Congratulations to all of our lucky winners!


To learn more about the Heart of the School Awards and Heart of the School Fund, visit