that fall had as many as 36 students each.
Not one to tell parents to take political
stands, he nonetheless had urged the
PTSA to push for more education funding so more teachers could be hired.
In May, county officials voted to
increase property taxes and provide more
money to MCPS. Goodwin was allowed
to hire as many as nine teachers, which
would help ease his crowded classrooms.
On the evening of June 8, he welcomed seniors and their families to the
graduation ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. He began
by asking for a moment of silence for
three Clarksburg teens who’d been killed
in a car crash the night before. ;en,
reminding the crowd that Whitman had
su;ered its own loss, he and senior class
President Carolyn Hoover presented
;omas Buarque De Macedo’s sister,
Helena, and uncle with an honorary
diploma and the name-embossed yearbook ;omas ordered before he died.
On June 17, Goodwin welcomed
parents of incoming ninth-graders at
a co;ee klatch in the Whitman courtyard, opening with a brief sales pitch. “I
can’t guarantee happiness, but generally
speaking our students enjoy themselves
here,” he told the group.
;ree days later, classes ended. Goodwin and his sta; soon began a busy
summer schedule of planning meetings
and training. On a Tuesday afternoon
in mid-July, he was still at his desk after
4 p.m., answering emails and trying to
wrap up work before a scheduled departure with Eleanor two days later for a
weeklong trip to Greece. ;e two hadn’t
traveled much overseas, so they were
looking forward to getting away. ;en
another email landed in his inbox.
“I’m so busy,” he said, clicking on
the message. “I haven’t even started
Julie Rasicot of Silver Spring is the managing editor of Bethesda Magazine’s
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