Teachers have big plans for summer vacation ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


June 28, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

The kids are out of school, and so are the teachers. What do teachers do when they're not planning lessons, caring for their students and grading papers? In an extremely unscientific poll, a few Ellicott City and Elkridge teachers discussed with me their plans for their summer vacations.

For 14 years, Ellicott City resident Barbara Valle taught English 12 months a year at the Forbush School at Shepherd Pratt Hospital.

"Having the summer off is one of the perks of teaching I always missed out on," she says. This year, she changed jobs and now teaches English at Dulaney High School in Baltimore County. So for the first time in 15 years, she'll have the summer off with her husband Phil Valle, also a Baltimore County teacher, and children Rebecca and Phil Jr.

Barbara is simply looking forward to relaxing and staying at home with the kids. Although there are a couple of rooms to paint and closets to organize, she most wants "to have uncommitted time, and to learn to relax."

Toward that end, she's joined a tennis league, plans to explore Columbia's wonderful bike path system with the family, and go to the beach.

Many Dunloggin Middle teachers are simply working. Some teachers are already set to teach summer school, tutor privately, or work on curriculum writing projects. However, others are "scrambling" to find work, as the recent pay raises have not adequately kept pace with their expenses.

At St. John's Lane Elementary School, two fourth-grade teachers have a cruise in their future. Sue Short, who has often used her summer to travel, has convinced longtime friend and teacher Denalyn Dorn to take her first Caribbean cruise; this, after Mrs. Dorn has taught for 27 years.

Beyond this, Miss Short said that she has to move her classroom out to the portable classroom she'll teach in next year.

The portables, temporary classrooms to use while St. John's Lane School is overcrowded, seem to be permanent fixtures as the overcrowding continues to plague the school.

A third fourth-grade teacher, Nancy Saari, joins the ranks of the many county teachers who will spend the summer taking a course. She'll take reading education courses at Loyola College.

Howard High French teacher Patricia Almquist and Wilde Lake Middle School French teacher Kristine Bloom will accompany a group of Howard and Atholton High students on a two-week trip to France. The tour will cover the country, from Provence to Nice. The agenda is well-planned, as the group has been meeting and planning since September. In addition, the tour provides an immersion experience, as they have been forbidden to speak English during the time when they are in France.

"This trip has really motivated some of my students," said Mrs. Almquist. "They knew they would have to use the language."

We have more teacher summer stories to share this week.


Quilts are a theme of the Columbia Arts Fest this year, as witnessed by quilt exhibitions, explanations, and demonstrations throughout the county this month. But did you know that an international quilt group is housed in the Rockland Arts Center in Ellicott City?

In 1970, a group of seven military wives gathered to form the National Quilting Association to stimulate and track interest in all aspects of quilts.

The first quilt show was in the Greenbelt Public Library that year, and the new organization published a newsletter called Patchwork Patter.

Now, members number 5,500, with over 200 active chapters in 33 states, with 23 chapters here in Maryland! Members live all over the country and in other countries, as well.

Japan, in particular, is enjoying a good case of quilt mania. Now, the annual quilt show features over 400 entries, with about 7,000 people in attendance. And the organization's publication is the Quilting Quarterly, a beautiful glossy magazine.

Some of the services the Quilting Association provides its members are scholarships and grants, certification of teachers, a quilt registry, and a program which tracks lost quilts.

The Association also concerns itself with consumer advocacy and political issues, such as the recent case of a museum selling American quilt patterns to foreign manufacturers, who then cheaply duplicate the quilts using Third World labor.

The National Quilting Association invites inquiries into membership and will provide names of local quilting groups. Call them for further information at 461-5733.


If you're looking for a nice camp for your summer-bored youngster, try the art camps given by the Howard County Arts Council at Rockland Arts Center.

The first of three two-week sessions starts on July 12, and offers a morning and afternoon camp of three hours apiece, with the possibility of combining both for a full camp day.

Each session is topical, with subjects varying from puppetry and masks, to printmaking, to "artsurround," the creation of an art installation or environment. Their camps are well run and educational.

For information on the camps, call 313-ARTS.


Mount de Sales Academy recently announced that Ellicott City residents Devona Wayne, class of '95, and Elizabeth Davis, class of '96, were awarded certificates for perfect attendance during the school year at the Honors Assembly last month.

Katherine Malloy, class of '95 received honors as the top student in A.P. U.S. History I, French II, and GTA.

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