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ANNUAL REPORT 2015 20 Positive change led the way for Woodbourne School in 2015, with a win for one of the school’s sports teams, community service projects, field trips, and an overall boost in staff and student morale. Additionally, former teacher, Luke Tourtlotte, was named principal in 2015. Tourtlotte says he has witnessed great change in the climate and culture of the school and on campus, as a whole, over the past year. “I think this is a result of better collaboration and communication between all of the different departments,” he says. Woodbourne partnered with many Baltimore community organizations to create a variety of experiences that would be fulfilling to Woodbourne students, partnering organizations, and members of the surrounding community. Longtime Woodbourne employee, Addie Johnson, served as the interim Principal prior to the hire of Tourtlotte and was integral in these partnerships. “A lot of our children have never been exposed to these opportunities,” Johnson said in the spring of 2015. “Once they are, it really helps with their self-confidence. It lets them know, ‘I can achieve. I can do this.’” The young men built, landscaped, painted, and did other jobs with Habitat for Humanity, and prepared and served meals to hungry Baltimore City residents at Our Daily Bread, part of Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Civic Works provided opportunities for students to work on the Community Lot Team, which “transforms vacant and abandoned lots in Baltimore City into community gardens and green spaces,” their website says. And teens also worked on Civic Works’ Real Food Farm in Northeast Baltimore, nurturing and growing produce. Aside from the service work, Woodbourne students have also been on field trips to a local planetarium, Cooking with Heart, Morgan State University, Maryland Science Center, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the B&O Railroad Museum, and the Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland. “The community partnerships and field trips have helped to expose the students to different professions, ideas and opportunities. The trips have helped to introduce the students to job opportunities and spark new interests and passions,” says Tourtlotte. “They have also been a great learning tool for our students by providing them with opportunities and experiences that help them learn to work together, build leadership skills, respect others, and build a sense of accomplishment for being helpful and kind.” The field trips and community projects are flowing into 2016, as well. Other accomplishments for the Woodbourne School include completing a successful audit for the Maryland State Department of Education, and the flag football team winning the championship. In 2015, Luke Tourtlotte was named principal the school, after serving as gym teacher for twelve years. “I wanted to become principal because I felt that I could have a greater impact on the students in this position,” Tourtlotte says. “I want to make a difference in the lives of the kids here.” Woodbourne School Positive Change through Education “Working with the kids is still the favorite part of my job,” says Tourtlotte. “Watching them grow and realize that they can be successful in school and achieve academic success has been the most rewarding part of my job this year.” Community partnerships and field trips have helped to expose the students to different professions, ideas and opportunities. The trips have introduced a local planetarium, Cooking with Heart, Morgan State University, Maryland Science Center, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the B&O Railroad Museum, and the Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland.


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