Broadneck teacher puts her heart into her work

June 04, 1993|By Angela Winter Ney | Angela Winter Ney,Staff Writer

It's not enough for Jane Daugherty that her music students at Broadneck Senior High just learn music. She wants them to love it.

Colleagues say Ms. Daugherty's love for her profession, her subject and her students helped her win the title of County Teacher of the Year.

Yesterday evening, , she joined other finalists at Quiet Waters Park near Annapolis, where the Celebration of Exemplary Teaching event paid tribute to the profession.

Ms. Daugherty believes her love of music is shared by most students.

"Music lends itself to a loving type of response," she says. "It's a natural extension of the subject. I see this shared passion in students all the time."

Everyone knows something about music, and almost everyone "loves some type of it," she says. "It's a good subject to communicate with students on a more personal level."

The subject also draws students from different backgrounds and intellects and allows them to "meet on common ground", she says.

The 23-year veteran's philosophy of teaching includes offering students leadership. Students in the '90s "want direction and guidance and welcome it," she says.

"I think they seek out teachers who help them make evaluative choices about their lives in and out of school. We have an obligation to help them be able to make decisions about life."

Comments one former student, Mary Ebel Wilson: "Jane Daugherty transformed my life in so many ways. She taught me so much more than music. She is a one-of-a-kind, award-winning human being. Her heart knows no boundaries when it comes to her students."

Broadneck Principal Lawrence Knight said in his letter of nomination: "Ms. Daugherty seems obsessed with the determination to develop in all of her students a genuine love for the fine arts. In school, Ms. Daugherty spends her entire day promoting her program with students, staff, parents and the community, either in training and directing or in performing and inspiring students."

Other finalists

A committee representing teachers, administrators, students, support personnel and parents reviewed applications for Teacher of the Year and selected three finalists for the award. The winner will compete for the state title.

After interviewing the finalists, the committee forwarded its recommendations to county School Superintendent C. Berry Carter II, who chose Ms. Daugherty.

The other finalists were Melinda Hendricks, a math teacher at North County Senior High, and Alice Susan Ruby, a second-grade teacher at West Meade Elementary. Fourteen additional teachers nominated for the award also were honored at yesterday's ceremony.

In addition, thirty-three teachers, counselors, psychologists, program coordinators, coaches and principals who have received regional, state or national recognition this year were to be recognized.

Besides teaching music and being choral and drama director at Broadneck, Ms. Daugherty is music director for the Maryland Chamber Singers and an instructor at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

She has been music director for Colonial Players productions and spent 13 years as director of music at Trinity United Methodist Church, where she is co-chairwoman of the annual Vacation School. For the past six years, she has been the volunteer coordinator of the American Guild of Organists Choral Festival, held each November at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel.

The Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year Program is sponsored by the county Board of Education, with support from the Teachers Association and Homestead Gardens.

During the past six years, four county teachers have been named finalists for the state honor. In 1989, Pat Neidhardt of Broadneck Senior High was named Maryland Teacher of the Year.

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