Claude Moore Scholars / Healthcare Education Program Manager
Shirley Bazdar has 30 years of experience in public school education within the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has served as a career and technical education teacher (marketing education), coach, high school administrator, and director of career and technical education within Northern Virginia. She spent 11 years working for the Manassas Park City Schools and 19 years working for the Loudoun County Public Schools. Additionally, Ms. Bazdar has served on the Northern Virginia WIOA board for 8 years and served as the liaison to the Loudoun Education Foundation and Loudoun School-Business Partnership for 15 years.
After retiring from Loudoun County Public Schools in June 2016, she became an educational consultant with the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation’s Claude Moore Scholars program and has been an adjunct professor for Shenandoah University for the last 18 years. Since July 2021, Ms. Bazdar has been the Program Manager for the Claude Moore Scholars program. The sole focus of her career has been to provide high school students with career pathways and opportunities that would prepare them to be college and career ready.
Additional roles within her community after retirement included eight years of service as a board member of Our Health, a non-profit agency that assembles multiple services on a single campus for disadvantaged, under-served, and homeless citizens within the Winchester, VA area. She also served as a co-chair for the Winchester Area Temporary Thermals Shelter (WATTS) for her church in Winchester, VA. This program for which churches houses homeless individuals for a week during the cold-weather months, providing nightly lodging, meals, and other services.
Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) is a leading non-profit that has, since 1991, been providing food assistance to the residents of Loudoun County and ensuring access to nutritious foods for families in need.
Fairfax County Public Schools Health and Medical Sciences and the Claude Moore Scholars in partnership with Inova Health System are preparing students by putting their medical skills to test in full-scale mock disasters.
Claude Moore Scholar – Jeff Rivera is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeff majored in Radiation Sciences, concentrating within his major was Radiography, with a sub-specialization in Cardiac Catheterization for heart imaging.
Claude Moore Scholar – Lexi Multi prepared for a healthcare career by majoring in Radiation Services at Virginia Commonwealth University, with a concentration in Radiography and a sub-specialization in Computerized Tomography (CT) scanning.