120 county teachers placed at head of the class

May 03, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Nearly 120 county instructors will be honored tomorrow night at the fifth annual banquet for outstanding teachers.

Eight teachers will also receive cash awards and a plaque for being the best instructors in the county.

The event, sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

Teachers were nominated by students, parents, fellow teachers and community organizations, said Jill Kartalia, the chamber's administrative assistant.

Each person who nominated a teacher was asked to describe, with examples, how the teacher inspires students to learn, to build confidence and self-esteem. Nominators also gave examples of how the instructor helps students apply what they learn to real-life situations.

Nominees were asked to answer the same two questions and give biographical data for consideration.

"That way, we're trying to judge apples with apples," Ms. Kartalia said. "From a business standpoint, we're interested in how the students relate what they are learning to the real world."

Nominating forms were loosely divided by geography into eight packets, each distributed to a team consisting of a retired teacher and a chamber member.

"We try to make sure that the groups will cover all areas of the county," Ms. Kartalia said. "It began [geographically] with five awards covering the five high school areas at the time. But as things grew, it became a little more loose."

Each team selected a winning teacher, and those eight winners will be recognized tomorrow night.

Although previously recognized teachers are not eliminated from consideration, no instructor has ever won a cash award twice, Ms. Kartalia said.

"We haven't told the judges to avoid certain people," she said. "I just thought we will deal with that when we have to."

Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers donated the dinners for each nominated teacher and printing costs. Money for the cash awards was donated by Carroll County Bank and Trust Co., New Windsor Service Center/Conference Center, the Carroll County edition of The Sun, Taneytown Bank & Trust Co., Tevis Oil/Modern Comfort Systems, Union National Bank, Westminster Bank and Trust Co., and McShea & Co.

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