Carroll resident finally catches up with senator and gets a job NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

February 18, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

In yesterday's Carroll County edition, a story about Janice Teeter, the director of state offices for Sen. Barbara Mikulski, should have said she did graduate work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1975 and received her master's degree from Western Maryland College in 1977.

The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

Janice Teeter finds the parallels between her life and that of her new boss, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, intriguing.

Both are from families with three daughters. Both were born and reared in a neighborhood south of Baltimore Street. Both were educated in Catholic schools.

"She was raised about 10 blocks east of the Inner Harbor. I was 10 blocks west of it," said Mrs. Teeter, a Uniontown resident whom the Democratic senator from Maryland named as director of her state offices Feb. 4. "It does seem odd, doesn't it?"


Mrs. Teeter is the youngest of the three daughters born to Doris Uhlhorn, a business manager for Chernock Moving and Storage Co. in Baltimore and her husband, Joseph, a Baltimore firefighter.

As a 13-year-old growing up on Carrollton Street, Mrs. Teeter was a frequent visitor to the Hollins Street Market and enjoyed trips to the nearby B&O Railroad Museum.

"I was sitting in this great security blanket of extended family," Mrs. Teeter said. "My father was one of eight children, and his brother lived next door.

"I had great-aunts living a few doors away, and another uncle living around the corner. Cousins were everywhere."

After graduating from Mercy High School in 1970, Mrs. Teeter moved to Westminster and enrolled in night school at Loyola College, financing her education through a day job at a Carroll eatery.

"I worked at Benny's Kitchen, which used to be where Fan's is on Main Street, and took classes at Loyola at night," Mrs. Teeter said.

"I was so scared I wouldn't finish school that I went all year long, summers, too." She graduated in three years.

Mrs. Teeter met Ms. Mikulski in her last year of college. Ms. Mikulski was Mrs. Teeter's sociology teacher.

"No, she didn't remember me when I interviewed with her for the job, and we joke about it," Mrs. Teeter said.

"Of course I was one of her straight A students, but she didn't remember that, either. Believe me, when I knew I had an interview with her I tried to remember things about her I could use for conversation."

It was shortly after this encounter that Mrs. Teeter's life began to parallel that of the powerhouse senator from East Baltimore once again.

Ms. Mikulski received her master's degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1965 and worked feverishly to help her community stop plans for a proposed 16-lane highway.

Ten years later, Ms. Teeter received her master's in social work from the same institution, while she was directing a program out of the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service to help Carroll residents, her newly adopted community.

Like Ms. Mikulski, Mrs. Teeter has had a lot of experience in government. Mrs. Teeter directed the county's office of Human Resources and Personnel Services and the county Office on Aging, and worked in the private sector.

Coincidently, the senator was named this year to the Senate Subcommittee on Aging and also has had experience in human resource work.

Although Mrs. Teeter was appointed to the position only two weeks ago, she already has juggled executive meetings, staff orientations, planning sessions, and local government visits, like her trip to Carroll with Senator Mikulski last week.

"You hit the ground running," Mrs. Teeter said. "I understood from the beginning that there would be no training period, and I've barely had time to rest. [Ms. Mikulski] has so much energy."

So does Mrs. Teeter. It's the similarities she believes will make the relationship work.

"I'm a what-you-see-is-what-you-get person, and that's the same way Senator Mikulski is," said Ms. Teeter. "I believe she wanted to hire someone with a strong sense of identity, someone who could give an opinion. And that's what she got."

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