Board of Directors


Renee Bos is currently the Coordinator of Secondary Social Studies and Advanced Placement in Howard County Public Schools. She has taught social studies in a wide variety of schools and every grade from 6-12. For now, she is most proud of the work she has done surrounding teaching controversial issues in the classroom and promoting the study of unrepresented histories with the creation of a middle school social studies African American history, rewriting the course for high school, and creating a Women’s Studies course for HCPSS. Her goal as President of MDCSS is to create a long range plan to support all teachers as they bring high quality instruction to students focusing on both content and pedagogy.


Renee Bos


Kim Eggborn is the Coordinator of Elementary Social Studies for the Howard County Public School System.  She began her career as a 5th grade elementary school teacher and has since grown to become involved both nationally and internationally with teachers regarding civics education. 

Kim has served on the standing committee for the National Assessment of Education Progress for the Elementary Civics NAEP assessment, taught as an adjunct professor, and served as a member of the SSACI Teacher Collaborative Council to review and provide feedback on the new College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards.   Her current hobbies include obtaining a PhD and working with the Library of Congress on a national framework for social studies method teachers.   Kim is also on the board of the Howard County Historical Society and is President-elect for the Maryland Council for Social Studies and President for the Asian American Educators of Howard County.

President Elect

Kim Eggborn


Richard Malt, Jr. has been teaching Social Studies for 14 years with the Howard County Public School System where he has served as both 9th grade and Social Studies Instructional Team Leader, and Rho Kappa advisor. He was recognized as HCPSS’ First Year Teacher of the Year in 2007, was the Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year in 2018, and was featured in The Baltimore Sun in the “At Work:  Passion for Teaching” series.  Richard has been treasurer for the Maryland Council for the Social Studies for the past two years, and is deeply passionate about the importance of social studies education in increasing civic engagement and developing the next generation of global thinkers.


Richard Malt


Shannon, a National Board Certified Teacher, works in the Division of Curriculum & Instruction in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She previously taught social studies in Mississippi and Texas. While in Texas she was the President of the Dallas Council for the Social Studies. She is the Vice President-Elect for National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and will become NCSS President in 2022. 


Shannon Pugh, Ed.D. 

Brandon is a teacher in Somerset County Public Schools in MD. 


Brandon Austin


Joseph Landgraf is a third-year AP Government and AP Psychology teacher from Anne Arundel County Public Schools.  He currently teaches at North County High School where he is an elected member of Faculty Council, sponsor of their Mock Trial team, and co-sponsor of their National Honor Society.  Mr. Landgraf is a James Madison Fellow and also won Promising New Social Studies Teacher of the Year last year from  MDCSS. This is Joey's first year on the board of MDCSS, serving as an at-large member. In his free time, he enjoys pub trivia, golf, and fantasy football.


Joseph Landgraf


 Alexander Pope (Sandy) is an assistant professor of social studies education at Salisbury University, and the past president of MDCSS. At SU, Sandy also oversees the non-partisan Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE). He serves as historian for the Middle States Council for the Social Studies, and co-edits The Journal for that organization. He is mostly interested in education that involves community engagement. 

Past President

Sandy Pope, Ph.D.


Kate Volpe is a 13 year veteran teacher of Social Studies from Howard County Public Schools.  She has spent those thirteen years at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia teaching social studies and supporting 9th graders as the 9th grade Instructional Team leader (for the last 8 years).  She achieved her National Board Certification in 2019 and was the Maryland Council of Social Studies Teacher of the Year.  She works tirelessly to help school break down barriers by providing training and instruction to teachers for the most vulnerable students in their building, including students living in poverty, students suffering from trauma and social emotional needs.  Her most recent accomplishment has been planning and executing an addition of a Food Bank for the Wilde Lake community.

Recording Secretary

Kate Volpe


Katrina has been an educator for 18 years at the elementary level. She currently teaches 5th grade in the HCPSS. Katrina prides herself in being an avid reader and advocate for equality and equity in teaching and in literature. Katrina also serves as an instructional team leader and cadre member for the HCPSS Simulated Congressional Hearing.  She is a speaker and often trains educators on how to use literature as a catalyst for discussions on history, social justice and civic action. In addition to teaching, Katrina is a published children's author.

Membership Secretary

Katrina Kearney-Hill


Scott McComb is in his 31st year as an educator.  He is currently the Supervisor of Social Studies for Calvert County Public Schools.  Scott was twice the president of the Maryland Council for Social Studies and served on its Board of Directors for 7 years.  Scott also chaired the Maryland Social Studies Advisory Council from 2011 to 2013.  As a passionate believer in the power and importance of an effective social studies education for all children, Scott in pleased to be returning to the MDCSS Board of Directors. 



Scott McComb

Amanda teaches middle school in Frederick County Public Schools. 


Amanda Venable


Colleen Raville is a 14 year veteran National Board Certified Social Studies teacher in Prince George's County Maryland. She currently teaches 8th grade US history at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, and serves on the leadership team and is a team leader. She was a 2019 PGCPS Teacher of the Year nominee as well as MDCSS Teacher of the Year nominee. She is an avid reader and lover of rescue animals. 


Colleen Raville


The Maryland Council for Social Studies (MDCSS) is dedicated to the promotion and support of social studies education in Maryland and the United States. MDCSS works to build a community of social studies educators in the state of Maryland, and through this network advance cultural understanding, respect for human differences, and an appreciation of diversity. MDCSS provides high quality professional development and instructional resources for Maryland social studies teachers and works to recognize excellence in social studies instruction at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

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