Name: Thomasina "Thommie" DePinto
Honored by The Carroll County Sun for: Receiving the Joseph R. Bailer Award from Western Maryland College. The college awards the honor to graduates of its master's degree program who teach in Carroll County.
Residence; hometown: Westminster
Education: Bachelor of science in education from Salisbury State University; master's degree in reading from Western Maryland College; working in the doctoral program at the University of Maryland College Park
Family: Husband: Michael, owner of Ceramic Tile; sons: Michael, 13, seventh-grade student at West Middle School, and Ian, 7, a second-grader at Westminster Elementary
Activities/hobbies: Enjoys writing and reading; teaches in the county's extended enrichment program and graduate classes in writing at Western Maryland College; working on research with the National Center for Reading
Accomplishments: Research award from the state's International Reading Association and a grant from the state Center for Critical Thinking; has written several articles on classroom adaptations of research-based reading strategies
Recipient's comments: "I was surprised and overwhelmed by the honor and yet, I feel it goes to the whole reading department at the college. We all worked so hard together to accomplish so many things. The honor belongs to every one of us."
Nominations: Call 876-8771, 857-0550 or (800) 829-8000, Ext. 6595, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays; you also can FAX your information to 876-0233.