Nine Educators Honored for Success in the Classroom
On Monday, September 27, 2010, the Board of Education of Allegany County hosted the 22nd annual Teachers of the Year Banquet at the Lyric Building in Frostburg. Nine Allegany County Public School educators were honored for their dedication and commitment to student success.
Josh Cook, fourth grade teacher at John Humbird Elementary School, was selected as the 2010-2011 Allegany County Teacher of the Year. Josh has been teaching in Allegany County since 2003 at multiple grade levels but specializing in reading and math support. During his tenure at John Humbird he has been actively involved in the school community acting as the Partnership Action Chair, the Emergency Planning Chair, a School Improvement Team member, and a School Achievement Team member.
Four Allegany County Teachers of the Year finalists were also recognized at the banquet along with four school-level representatives. The finalists included Misty Dotson, Cresaptown Elementary School; Tammy Edwards, Allegany High School; Marcy McCagh, Washington Middle School; and Jenna Chesky, Washington Middle School. School-level representatives included Shawn Smairk, Center for Career and Technical Education; Edward Hampton, South Penn Elementary School; Julia Piasecki, West Side Elementary School; and Patricia Zimmerman, Westernport Elementary School.
The sponsors of the banquet were as follows: Allegany College of Maryland, Allegany County Board of Education, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Allegany County Board of Commissioners, the Western Maryland Delegation, Allegany County Public Schools, Allegany County Teachers Association, Allegany County Teachers FCU, Frostburg State University, The Sandhir Foundation, Oscar’s Restaurant, and the Sylvan Learning Center.
Each year a selection committee is formed to choose the winner of this prestigious award. This year’s selection committee included Ernie Kaylor, retired administrator and college professor; Mary Lough, 2009-2010 Allegany County Teacher of the Year; Jennifer Spriggs, administrative service coordinator for Allegany County Public Libraries; Andy Vick, executive director of the Allegany Arts Council; and Kristin Barkley, education reporter for the Cumberland Times-News.
Special thanks should be extended to the members of the Teachers of the Year planning committee for their hard work in organizing this year’s program, especially Lisa Stevenson who serves as the event coordinator. Other members of the committee include Robert Stevenson, Tim Miller, Dee Blank, and Mia Cross. Tom Krukowsky served as the videographer for the event.