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Steven Scott Howard, Teacher,
Carol Jean Thomas, Teacher

A substantial initial gift created the Deal-Thomas Families Fund in Honor or Steven Scott Howard, Teacher and Carol Jean Thomas, Teacher.


Steven Scott Howard, Teacher, was a son of David and Susan Howard and a member of the Deal Family. In a career cut short by illness, Steve's love of learning and eternal optimism led him to become a teacher, mentor, and supporter of the performing arts. He was devoted to his students, and always sought to inspire them to move beyond their comfort zone and achieve their highest aspirations. His family hopes that the Fund will inspire others to explore, develop and share their talents as he did so well.


Carol Jean Thomas, Teacher, dedicated her life to the education of others. She was a patron of the performing arts and enjoyed years and years of performances at the Peabody Institute. When the last of her four children was old enough for day care, Carol Jean Thomas, Teacher embarked on a new career.  She received in August 1966 her Master of Arts and Colorado Teaching Certificate in secondary English and school librarianship.  She then dedicated her life to the education of others in English, libraries, and the performing arts.

Carol immediately joined the faculty of newly-constructed Centauri High School in La Jara, Colorado, thirty-five miles from her home.  Each year, this rookie taught one class of Junior English, Speech & Drama, Journalism I, and Journalism II.  Besides these four separate preparations, she produced and directed the annual Senior Play, the Centauri HS newspaper, the annual yearbook, and debate competitions.

In the fall of 1968, she became Head Librarian of Bethesda-Chevy Chase MD High School and five years later, Rockville MD High School.  She retired in 1999 at age seventy from her day work with adolescents.  For more than twenty-five years, she has also taught one or two nights a week adult non-credit courses, English for Speakers of Other Languages, at Montgomery College. 

She was an accomplished pianist through high school and junior college as well as an avid chorister.  An alto, she sang many times after 1970 at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with the Washington Oratorio Society.  No longer a performer, she became a generous patron of the performing arts, especially chamber ensembles in the Baltimore and Washington areas.



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