Entire School Thanks Dr. Glazer
During 8th period on Wednesday June 7th, Dr. Glazer graduated from TJ. To the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance (aka Graduation March),” played by members of TJ Orchestra, Dr. Glazer, told he was needed for graduation rehearsal preparations, entered the Auditorium in his graduation gown and mortar board, walked down the aisle, and sat in the front row, where for over an hour he was toasted by staff, parents, and dozens of students.
The school’s Administrative Team opened the surprise event by thanking Dr. Glazer for his selfless leadership and presenting him with a TJ Colonial’s football helmet. Assistant Principal Pam Gravitte, who organized the tribute, also gave Dr. Glazer another surprise, a 40-minute video featuring dozens of appreciative messages from faculty, staff, students, and parents that was recorded on a Tuesday in late May while he was out of the building.
The current PTSA President, Marlena Barletta, Parent ’16, ’18, thanked Dr. Glazer for his constant presence at PTSA meetings and his calm, direct manner when responding to concerned parents. Former PTSA President Grace Becker, Parent ’15, ’18, thanked him for his infectious enthusiasm and unique ability to create a supportive community at TJ.
German Club members thanked Principal Glazer for making time in his packed schedule — when he was nursing an injury — to learn an iNite dance routine. Coding Lady Colonials Club members awarded him an honorary membership for his support for their club and events. Journalism students presented him with a framed cover from the special “Exploring New Avenues” issue they placed on Auditorium seats for students. Several freshmen spoke about how much he had already done to make them feel at home at TJ, and seniors thanked him for getting them through four years of challenging coursework and renovation hassles.
Actors from the TJ Drama production of “Les Miserables” had Dr. Glazer reprise his cameo from “Master of the House,” at right. Cheerleaders had everyone dance to a modified TJ standard, “Everyone Is Doing the Glazer Rumble.”
After these and many other heartfelt tributes, Dr. Glazer took the stage, where he choked up as he explained how tough it was to make the decision to leave a school he loves so much. He later tweeted: “Thank you TJ family for the big graduation surprise and making my TJ life a wonderful experience. I will miss you. Goooooo Colonials!!!!”
After the “graduation,” everyone had cake, lots and lots of it, courtesy of the PTSA.
The entire event was streamed live to parents. If you missed the live-stream, you can watch the festivities here.
Partnership Fund Acknowledges Dr. Glazer’s Special Role
Immediately preceding Vint Cerf’s keynote address at tjSTAR (see Alums, this issue), the Partnership Fund awarded Dr. Glazer its highest tribute, a Tommy Award, named after the school’s namesake in the spirit of the Emmys and Oscars. There is no more deserving recipient of this award than Principal Glazer. In fact, it could be said that he deserves three Tommys: one for his school, community, and global leadership in the areas of curriculum, programs, and outreach; one for shepherding the school through a long and trying renovation; and one for his personal philanthropy.
Dr. Glazer’s intimate role in all aspects of the school’s renovation is well known. Fewer know that from the earliest planning stages, Dr. Glazer, TJ’s Principal for over the last decade, played a similarly integral role in the Campaign for TJ. Through his vision, leadership, and exceptional generosity — with his time, energy, and even his own money — Dr. Glazer played a critical role in the Campaign’s success.
As the Partnership Fund enters the post-Campaign years with a tri-fold mission that specifically includes both alumni engagement (see Alumni, this issue) and outreach (see Outreach, this issue), we acknowledge Dr. Glazer for his ability to connect with alumni and his heartfelt commitment to expanding access to STEM education. Finally, we applaud him for giving more to TJ in both time and treasure than could be expected of the most devoted Principal.
In addition to attending every tjSTAR Reception, every Freshman Parent Reception, and dozens of other parent-focused events, Dr. Glazer made sure to attend every Alumni Day and many regional alumni events and locally held reunions. He worked hard to help others at school bring alumni back to TJ to participate in special events, from tjSTAR to Flow Day, from the Alumni Career Fair (later merged with the new Internship Fair) to TEDxTJJSST.
The Archives Room is Dr. Glazer’s latest pet project. He long envisioned a place where alumni could be transported back to their TJ years, and he worked hard to see his vision through (see Renovation, this issue).
Dr. Glazer has, through words and deeds, showed the entire TJ community the importance of increasing access to STEM education and expanding outreach of every kind. By personally founding and coordinating STEMbassadors (for some STEMbassador stories, see March 2013, Aug 2013, Aug 2014, and Aug 2015 issues), personally applying for and obtaining the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation LIFT grant (see Outreach, this issue), attending numerous weekend events hosted by student-founded non-profits (see June 2015 issue), and speaking at and attending other outreach events (see March 2015 issue), he has demonstrated that outreach can and must be a school priority. Thanks to his efforts, the Partnership Fund is newly committed to helping spread STEM education beyond TJ’s walls and sharing our wealth — from know-how to instrumentation — with others.
Dr. Glazer, joined by his wife, Jennifer Palazzolo, leaves no doubt as to the sincerity of his commitment to TJ and all it represents. Their extraordinary gift of $30,000 to the Campaign for TJ, made in six annual installments, is one of the most generous gifts made to the Campaign by any non-corporate donor. It is even more remarkable when considered in the context of all the extra, unpaid hours Principal Glazer has devoted to every aspect of the school, Partnership Fund activities included. We thank Dr. Glazer for being that special kind of leader who does everything he asks of the rest of us, and more:
Freshman Parent Receptions
Campaign Fundraisers at Private Residences
Campaign Ribbon-Cutting Events & Open Houses
Community Cultural Celebrations
Corporate Campaign Tours & Appreciations
Hosting International Visits
Regional Alumni Events
Student-Founded Non-Profit Outreach Events
TJ Meets New Principal
Dr. Ann Bonitatibus, who will assume her duties as TJ’s fifth principal on July 17th, was formally announced to the community on Friday, May 26th. Accompanied by School Board Members Dalia Palchik, TJ ’01, and Ilryong Moon, Parent ’06, ’09, FCPS Executive Principal for Region 2, Jay Pearson, and FCPS Assistant Superintendent Fabio Zuluaga, who led the search committee (see March 2017 issue), Dr. Bonitatibus met with faculty, staff, and students. Later, she met with a small group of PTSA leaders, Partnership Fund staff, and PF Board members.
The incoming principal asked everyone with whom she met for their input on what they were looking for in a leader and promised to spend a lot of time learning about the school during her first months on the job.