When NcouragED hosted its first annual NcouragED Educator Legends’ luncheon, Sydney Twiggs was among the honorees.

Twiggs, who was born in Harlem and graduated from Shaw University and Loyola University, was an educator in the Baltimore City Public School system for more than 40 years. He was known as a supportive principal who put the “pal” in the word by being a friend, mentor and motivator to his students. He enjoyed motivating and encouraging everyone who interacted with him.

Twiggs first signed a contract to teach in the Baltimore City Public Schools in 1969 at Montebello Elementary. He held positions as a teacher and assistant principal at Hamilton Middle School and worked as an assistant principal at Edmondson and Carver high schools. In 2005, he was named principal of Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School where he worked until August 2012. He worked for the school system to secure contributions for the United Way until his retirement on Jan. 1, 2013.

The luncheon was held Nov. 25 at the Shiloh Christian Community Church to recognize educators from the mid-Atlantic region who have made significant contributions during lengthy careers. The theme of the event was “The Faithful are Never Forgotten.” Twenty-five educator legends were honored.

NcouragED is a network of educators who support each other through camaraderie, and information and resource sharing.

Twiggs said his best hope for education is to have educators motivate their students so they may become thirsty to learn, explore and to seek out their goals and objectives.

He is an active member of the Groove Phi Groove Social Club and attends Mt. Calvary AME Church in Towson.