In 2007, the school established the Siena Cypress Leadership Award
, given annually to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the education of students who learn differently. For centuries, Cypress trees have been planted to honor people of significant accomplishment. The Siena award, hand-crafted each year, includes a larger and smaller cypress tree and captures the spirit of the school reflecting mentorship, creativity and resilience.
William Stixrud, Phd., 2007
Rick Riordan, 2008
Claire Nissenbaum, 2009
Thomas West, 2010
Dr. Martha Denckla, 2011
Dr. Gordon Sherman, 2012
Dr. Larry Silver, 2013
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, 2014
Marilyn Zecher, 2016
Key Supporter Awards
Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC)
Judy Bass (Bass Educational Services)
Connie Belfiore (Friends Community School)
Ms. Suzanne Keith Blattner (ITS for Children and Families)
Elliot Blumenstein, Psy.D.
Kevin Bowlin, (Printing and Promotional Unlimited, Inc)
Timothy Brown (Arent Fox LLP)
Tom Carr, Carr Design and Construction Solutions LLC
Jose Dominguez (Pryamid Altantic Art Center)
Guinevere Eden, Ph.D.
Valerie Ervin (Montgomery County Councilmember, 5th District)
George Washington University– Meltzer Psychological Center
Margaret R. Harrington, Ed.D. (Victory Schools)
Pastor Joel Hawthorne, Montgomery Hills Baptist Church
Susan Healy, (LDA-MC)
Georgia K. Irvin/Pamela Tedeschi
Agnes Jones-Trower, Ph.D.
Pearl R. Kane, Ed.D. (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Terri King, Montgomery Hills Baptist Church
Michael Krasnow, Judge
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Natalia Kromeluk (The Field School)
Katherine K. Merseth, Ed.D. (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
E. Jane McCarthy
David Meininger, SFCCA
Montgomery Hills Baptist Church
Mr. Matthew Moyer (National Geographic)
Ms. Caryn G. Pass (Venable LLP)
Mr. Lou Salza, M.Ed. (Lawrence School)
The School Counseling Group
Ms. Rhona Schwartz, M.A. (The Katherine Thomas School)
Larry B. Silver, M.D.
Aaron Smith, A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc.
Ruth B. Spodak, Ph.D. & Associates
Nancy Streim, Ph.D. (Univ. of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education)
Susan L. Van Ost, Ph.D.
Washington Scholarship Fund
Mr. Rich Weinfeld (The Weinfeld Education Group)
Ms. Abigail B. Wiebenson (Lowell School)
William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., & Associates
Ms. Janet L. Wintrol (Ivymount School)
Marilyn Zecher (ASDEC)