Bridge Department 

Bridge 19-20

Ms. Lisa Stephen, Bridge Program Coordinator email

Welcome to a new school year! I have spent almost my whole career at Briggs Chaney MS. This is year twenty-seven for me at BCMS. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Human Development with a focus on Adolescent Development, and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision. I look forward to working with students, parents, and staff toward maximizing student potential through a focus on rigor, equity, and relationships.

Mr. Michael Bokal, Science email

Hello Briggs Chaney! This is my third year at BCMS in the Bridge Program and 17th teaching Special Education (10th with MCPS). I hold a Master's Degree in Special Education from Loyola College. I am an avid outdoorsman, I love fishing, sports and my family. I am also the boys’ basketball coach and I am looking forward to having a great year and working with the students and staff here at Briggs Chaney. 

Ms. Janet Chad, Paraeducator email

I am happy to say that I have been working at Briggs Chaney Middle School for over 20 years. I am looking forward to a great school year. I have two roles in the Bridge Program, I am the Bridge Secretary and also a Paraeducator. I grew up in Rockville and attended Montgomery County Public Schools. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mr. David Chrismer, English email

My name is David Chrismer and this is my fourth year teaching at Briggs Chaney Middle School. This is also my fourth year in MCPS after spending six years teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools. I am certified in Special Education with additional certifications in Secondary English and History. I have also had experience serving as an IEP Chair and a Transition Monitor. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family & pets, reading, following my Baltimore sports teams, DJ-ing special events for friends, and playing music.

Ms. Suzanne Davidson, Paraeducator email

My name is Suzanne Klein Davidson and I'm excited to join The Bridge Team at BCMS as a Paraeducator. This is my 2nd year working in MCPS. I have my bachelor's degree from The American University and two Masters Degrees from Towson University, in Jewish History and Jewish Education. In addition to my work at BCMS, I teach Hebrew classes, Comparative Religions and Holocaust Studies. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, ballet classes, walking our dog Spencer and traveling with my husband and three adult children.  

Ms. Stephanie Gawlinski, World Studies email

My name is Stephanie Gawlinski. I have been a special educator for several years in both elementary school and middle school. Through those positions I have worked with a variety of different kids with a variety of different disabilities. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University and a Master's Degree in Assistive Technology from Bowling Green State University. I am excited to be a BCMS Bear and part of the Bridge team. I look forward to working with students, parents and staff as partners in learning. We have a year here, let’s make it a great one! 

Ms. Lindsay Jones, Math  -  email 

My name is Lindsay Jones. I have worked in Montgomery County for seven years and this is my sixth year at Briggs Chaney Middle School. I have my bachelor's degree from Utah State University and a Master's Degree from The George Washington University both in Special Education. I look forward to working with all of my students to make this a successful year for everyone!

Ms. Nancy Miller, Paraeducator email

My name is Nancy Miller and I'm excited to join The Bridge Team at BCMS as a Paraeducator. This is my 20th year working in MCPS. This is my second year in the Bridge Program at BCMS and I worked 8 years with the Comprehensive Autism Preschool Program. I received a MA in College Student Personnel and a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology - long ago - but they serve me well working with students. Outside of school I can be seen in Zumba classes, on tennis courts or alpine ski slopes. I love to play in the dirt gardening and landscaping.

Mr. Jason Schmorr, Paraeducator email

My name is Jason Schmorr and I am a Paraeducator at Briggs Chaney Middle School. This is my third year working as a Paraeducator in MCPS. I am originally from Rye, NY. I relocated to Maryland three years ago. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education at St. Andrews Presbyterian University in Laurinburg, NC. I am married to my beautiful wife Jenn, who is an ESOL teacher in MCPS. In my free time, I enjoy sports, traveling, hiking, attending concerts, and spending time with my family. 

Ms. Shar Schneiderman, Paraeducator email  

My Name is Shar Schneiderman. I am returning to Briggs Chaney for my second year with the Bridge team. I hold Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Most of professional experience has been with adults in the software education space. The middle school students are a welcome change in my life. I enjoy learning from them. I swim, read, walk my dog and practice yoga in my leisure time.

Ms. Rachel Smith, Paraeducator email

 Hi there! I am a 2011 graduate of Allegheny College where I earned a BA in both History and Women's Studies. I am also a self-proclaimed “cat lady” and all-around animal lover who also makes music and plays the saxophone. :)  This is my 6th year working for MCPS and my 3rd year teaching in the Bridge Program here at BCMS.

Ms. Teresa Wellens, Paraeducator email

HI! Welcome to the Bridge Program. This is my 3rd year in Bridge and at BCMS as a Special Education Para Educator. I've been with Montgomery County Public Schools for almost 10 years. I received my certificate for Human Resources Management from Montgomery College. Outside of school I like to volunteer at Blake High School, coach soccer and go to the beach every chance I get! I'm looking forward to another great year in the Bridge Program.


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