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Dorothy E.B. Fickenscher


In 2011, Ms. Fickenscher retired from Montgomery County Public Schools.  An educator for over 30 years, Ms. Fickenscher served in many capacities from class room teacher to central office administrator.  She served in the three year rotating position of Consulting Teacher, a position that complements but does not duplicate the role of administrators. As a Consulting Teacher, she provided direct instructional support to probationary and under-performing teachers; observed instructional practices and reflected on them with teachers; and developed formal growth plans to focus support and foster improvement.  She provided the teachers, school administrators and Peer Assistance and Review Panel with formal assessments of progress at mid-year and in a final summary report.

From 2003 – 2010, Ms. Fickenscher was a lead literacy teacher and then literacy coach, working with teachers and administrators in ways to integrate literacy strategies in daily instruction.  She supported the Reading Department at Blair High School and maintained a data base monitoring the effectiveness of reading interventions.

In 2010, she split a classroom position with the position of testing administrator ensuring that students requiring accommodations received them and at the same time maintaining the security of the state assessments and county examinations.

Ms. Fickenscher has been active for over 16 years in Special Olympics in Montgomery County.  She manages the 10-pin bowling program which operates most of the school year and involves about 90 athletes each of its two sessions.  She was the assistant coach for the bowling team that represented Maryland in the 2014 USA Special Olympics Games.

Ms. Fickenscher has been trained in the administration of the Skills Inventory (Centers for Independent Futures).  She is one of the founding members of Integrated Living Opportunities. She has twins, one with Tourette Syndrome and the other with Down Syndrome.

Education: Extensive post graduate work in education at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.,   M.A.T. from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island,  B.A. from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Professional certification in Maryland: Secondary Supervisor, Secondary Principal, Reading Teacher K-12, Social Studies 5-12, History 5-13.