Digest award goes to teacher at Southern High

April 08, 1994

A computer education teacher at Southern High School has been named an "American Hero in Education" by the Reader's Digest Association -- an honor worth $5,000 to him and $10,000 to his school.

Thomas N. Albright was among 12 teachers in the country honored in the 6-year-old program, which has awarded $1 million to educators in 75 public, private and parochial schools. The 12 educators honored this year were selected from 650 nominees.

Don Buchanon, principal at Southern High, called Mr. Albright an "outstanding" teacher whose computer education class is one of the school's most sought-after courses.

"One of the things that makes him so outstanding is that he's given up a planning period every day for the last 13 years so he could teach an extra class, so more kids could take computer education," Mr. Buchanon said. Mr. Albright, he explained, is only required to teach four courses instead of five because he is the school's athletic director.

"But that's just one of the things he does. He practically lives here day and night, and all summer long," Mr. Buchanon said.

11-year-old faces charges for bringing gun to school

An 11-year-old Germantown Elementary School pupil has been charged with carrying a deadly weapon to school after school officials confiscated an air pistol.

According to Annapolis police, the boy threatened another pupil with the gun in the school's gym on Wednesday morning.

Principal Harry Zacharko questioned the youngster and found the weapon in his backpack.

The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was released to his mother.

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