Nicete Moodie is the Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Student Council (MASC). A Maryland native, Ms. Moodie credits a lot of who she is today from the strong foundation of student activism and leadership built during her years of involvement with student government in high school and college. While Ms. Moodie was a junior at La Plata High School in Charles County, she served as President for Student Government Association. She believed in the power of student activism and thus, in her senior year, she pursued and obtained the position of President for Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC) which allowed her to serve as a member of MASC. There, she honed her leadership skills, strengthened her problem-solving abilities and improved her team collaboration skills, all of which she used in college and throughout her professional career.
Ms. Moodie has had various positions in the state of Maryland that have allowed her to form strong relationships with key stakeholders. As Program Manager for the No Kid Hungry Campaign of Share Our Strength, Ms. Moodie managed a small team of outreach coordinators that worked across the state to improve the accessibility of school nutrition programs. Under her leadership, she established a successful and impactful community outreach program that included participation at community meetings with local elected officials and participation at Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conferences. Shortly after, Ms. Moodie was the Youth Program Specialist for the American Dairy Association where she continued to work with school administrators and student-led focus groups across Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. She spearheaded logistical planning for seminars and conferences including program structure, identifying speakers, stakeholder engagement and communication.
Currently, Ms. Moodie is a Community Schools Coordinator with Prince Georg’s County Public Schools where she manages the leadership team at a large middle school to coordinate all student and family support services and diligently works to create a learning environment that supports student achievement and wellness.
Ms. Moodie knows what it takes to be an excellent leader for the deserving youth of Maryland- to set an example, advocate for students and facilitate communication for them to learn and grow. She was fortunate to have advisors and leaders who provided these critical skills when she was in MASC. Now she looks forward to returning the favor to the next generation of future leaders.
Mrs. Karen Crawford is a proud product of Montgomery County Public Schools. After graduating from Northwood High School in 1973, she continued her educational journey:
• Bachelor of Science, Art Education K12 (with honors) – 1977 University of Maryland
• Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate: Art Grades K-12, Special Education Grades K-12 – 1979
• Master of Education Special Education K12 (summa cum laude) – 1979 Bowie State University
• Administration & Supervision Certification – 1999 Johns Hopkins University
Mrs. Crawford’s Special Awards and Recognitions include:
• Misc. Maryland Association of Student Councils Awards for Hosting Events – 2000-2014
• MASC Karen Crawford Regional Advisor Award (new award created in her honor)
• MASC-Catherine Nora Murray Unsung Hero Award (March 2013)
• Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW) Support (December 2012)
• Earl Reum Region 2 Student Activity Advisor Award (NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD) (2009)
• Maryland Service Learning Fellow (MSDE 2009)
• Montgomery County Board of Education Distinguished Service to Public Education Award Fall (2009)
• Governor’s Citation of Recognition – Drive for Supplies July (2009)
• Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW) Presidential Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication (December 2005)
• MASC Susan Nash Travetto Friend of MASC Award (2002-2003)
• MASC Mike Michaelson Advisor of the Year Award (1992-1993 – Regional Advisor for Montgomery County Junior Councils (MCJC))
• Above and Beyond the Call of Duty – Rocky Hill Middle School (1998) and Rosa Parks Middle School (1993 )
• Rocky Hill Middle School “Rock of Gibraltar” Award (December 1997)
• Maryland Art Education Association “Outstanding Art Educator” (1993-1994 and 1981-1982)
“Retired” as of July 1, 2014, after 36 years with Montgomery County Public Schools, the last 15 years as the student leadership administrator and regional advisor for The Montgomery County Region (MCR), Mrs. Crawford is excited to continue her work with student leaders as the Assistant Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Student Councils.
Karen Crawford has been working with student leaders since 1977 when she was a junior high school student council advisor. Since that time, she progressed to working at the county, state, and national levels in specific positions or in facilitating workshops. From 1999 to 2014, as the administrator of student leadership in Montgomery County Public Schools, Karen worked directly with her county middle and high school student council advisors and county and state-level student leaders. Throughout her career, she has been constantly learning and growing. Retiring in 2014, her continued work with student leaders exemplifies the simple philosophy, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Currently serving as the volunteer Assistant Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC), Karen is passionate about supporting the student’s voice and enjoys working with student leaders to address issues and create change in their schools and communities.