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SPARC Academy

Welcome to the Sparc Academy!


Sparc Academy

Lead Teacher -
Mr. Jonah Berry - Social Studies

Mission Statement:

The SPARC Academy is dedicated to providing for needs of a diverse student population.  Students may choose to access ubiquitous learning using cutting edge digital strategies and resources such as Blended Learning and Virtual Instruction delivered through Webinar. Teachers and students can engage in responsive teaching and learning anchored in performance and mastery.

Graduation Requirements:

Social Studies - 3.5 credits
Science - 3 credits (4 credits are highly recommended)
English - 4 credits
Mathematics - 3 Credits (To be considered for acceptance to a school in the University of Maryland (UMS) you must have completed 4 years of mathematics: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.)

Classes Offered:

  • Algebra 1 & 2
  • Geometry
  • BCPS & CCBC Early College Program (ECAP)
  • English 9, 10, 11, & 12
  • EPI
  • U.S. History
  • American Government
  • World History
  • Earth Systems
  • Living Systems

Meet our Instructors Below!

Mr. Berry

Name

Jonah Berry

Email

jberry@bcps.org

Classes Taught

EPI 
American Government
U.S. History
World History

College(s) Attended

Coppin State University 
Morgan State University 
Towson University 
University of Bridgeport (Ct.) 
Housatonic Community College Bridgeport (Ct.)

Hometown

Randallstown, MD

Greetings!  My name is Mr.J.Berry. I am a dedicated educator working in the SPARC Academy (Studies Department) at Woodlawn High School.  This is my 10th year of teaching at Woodlawn High School in the Baltimore County Public School System. Throughout my years at Woodlawn High School, it has been my passion to empower all students to become positive role models (leaders in their school and community), culturally aware, community service oriented, self-aware, and conquerors in their education.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family, mentoring youths, shopping, solving puzzles, playing competitive online games, watching sporting events (basketball, football and soccer). I also enjoy watching movies (action, mystery and crime), as well as traveling. Since, I have children, the opportunities to build relationships are frequent.

I look forward to our welcoming experiences together, through this journey of education and empowerment.


Garcia

Name 

Ingrid Garcia 

Email 

igarcia@bcps.org  

Classes Taught

English 9, 10, 11, 12 

SPARC Academy  

College(s) Attended

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (BA-English/Creative Writing) 

 

Goucher College (Master of Fine Arts Creative Nonfiction) 

Hometown

Panama City, Panama 

Bio: My name is Ms. Garcia and I am in the English Department. This will be my 3rd year at Woodlawn High School. I am a proud member of our SPARC academy that enables students to accelerate their learning. I also teach at multiple colleges in the area in the evenings and online.  

 

Reading is my jam: the longer the novel, the better. Where would I be without Netflix and popcorn? I took up boxing in 2019 and I’m coming for Mayweather’s title. Watson, my 68-pound Boxer, can’t come to school with me so I find ways to sneak him into the curriculum. I love to travel and have been to more than 12 countries. I make the best salmon tacos and I’m working through an international             cookbook!   

 

Ravens fan, Orioles fan and coffee fan.




Jones

Name

Donna Jones

Email

djones3@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Algebra 1

Algebra 2

Geometry

College Algebra

Honors Precalculus

Statistics & Probability

College(s) Attended

Coppin State University

Morgan State University

Towson University

Hometown

Baltimore, MD

Greetings!  My name is Ms. Jones and I’m a dedicated educator working in the Mathematics Department at Woodlawn High School.  This year is my 20th year of teaching here at WHS and in the Baltimore County Public School System.  In addition, I’m also a proud Woodlawn High School Alum, Class of ‘88.  Throughout my years at WHS, it has been my devotion to empower my students and all youth to become positive role models (leaders in their school and community), culturally aware, community service oriented, self-aware, and conquers in their education.  Moreover, than being a teacher in the classroom, I’m also the co-chair of a few organizations within our school: The 100 Strong Male and Female Role Models, Advisor to the Class of 2023, and DECA.   My motto is quoted from Fredrick Douglas, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” with the belief, we can do all things.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family, mentoring and ministering to youth and women, shopping, solving puzzles, playing competitive board and online games, watching sporting events (basketball, football and soccer), attending social gatherings and culturally enriched events, watching movies (comedy, action, mystery and crime), as well as finding resources for others. Since, I haven’t any children of my own, every child that I have an opportunity to build a relationship with becomes a child of mine.

I look forward to our welcoming experiences together, through this journey of education and empowerment.


Reid

Name

Ella Reid

Email

Ereid2@bcps.org

Classes Taught

SPARC Science

SPARC Health

College(s) Attended

Auburn University (BS)

Towson University (MS)

+15 Colleges and Universities attended

Hometown

Baltimore, Maryland

Bio: My name is Ms. Reid. and I am in the Science department. I am also a member of the SPARC Team with Mr. Berry. This is my third year at WHS. I graduated from Patapsco High in 1988

I love my 3 dogs. One of which could not fit into my lap for the picture. I have a very large 40lb tortoise named “Oink”. I love to kayak, fish, garden. Very proud of my son a U.S. Marine. I will be using Google Meets and Google Voice this year as well as the number one communication our Schoology platform **preferred.



Wood

Name

Jacqueline Wood

Email

jwood3@bcps.org

Classes Taught

Sparc Academy - Para-Professional

Purpose: provide services and accommodations for students in all subject matters.

College(s) Attended

Morgan State University

Class of 1989

Tele-Communications Major 

Hometown

Baltimore, Maryland

Hello, my name is Jacqueline Wood and I’ve been an employee of Baltimore County Public School system since the 2003.

I started as a One on One, through Social Service Consultants, in Ellicott City.  In 2003, I became a substitute teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools.  Under the leadership of Principal Lynette Woodley, in 2005, she offered me a position as a Para-Professional. Since then, I’ve upheld my loyalty to BCPS and have committed all my efforts to assist our students and teachers as much as possible.

Treating each other with respect is so important.  We all deserve respect from one another and to show respect, especially with our students. I find it important to provide an environment that allows our student to feel comfortable and safe to talk with adults, as needed. Secondly, it is key to build trust.  I’ve cherished all the relationships I’ve formed.

 I look forward to working with our students this school year, 2020-2021.  Also, I look forward to working close SPARC Family: Ms. Jones, Mr. J. Berry, Ms. E. Reid, Ms. Garcia and Mr. Barr.