October 12 // Michael Martirano, 'a teacher, first and foremost'

In the Department of Education building, the office door of Howard County Public School System Interim Superintendent Michael Martirano is wide open. Two five-level bookshelves stand side-by-side, displaying dozens of yellow school buses, as well as family and students photos. “If I were to tell you this is a small representative sample of the total collection, you would probably think I was neurotic,” said Martirano, pointing to one of nearly 50 school buses. Martirano gazed over his school bus collection and straightened his wavy, multi-colored tie. If his tie or gray, camouflage-patterned socks didn’t grab your attention, Martirano’s bubbly personality did the trick. (Columbia Flier)

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