Balto. Co., Harford teachers compete for award 2 educators are among 7 in Maryland as finalists

July 31, 1996|By Marego Athans | Marego Athans,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore-area public school teachers are among seven statewide chosen as finalists in Maryland's Teacher of the Year program, state Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick announced yesterday.

"The commitment and talents of these outstanding teachers represent the very best in education in Maryland," Grasmick said. "We are fortunate to have this caliber of educator working with our children in the classroom."

Susan Falcone, a family studies teacher at Baltimore County's Loch Raven High School, and Cathy Cerveny, a fifth-grade teacher at Ring Factory Elementary in Harford County, are among those who will compete for the 1997 title.

The others, all named Teacher of the Year in their home counties, are Donna House of Appeal Elementary in Calvert County; Mark Kavanaugh, Spanish teacher at Urbana High in Frederick County; Linda Randall, reading teacher at Highland Elementary in Montgomery; Adrienne Harris, a kindergarten special education teacher at Kenilworth Elementary in Prince George's; and Beverly Elzey, a special education teacher at Wicomico Middle in Wicomico County.

The winner, to be announced Oct. 4 at a dinner program broadcast live on public television, will receive prizes -- including at least $4,000 from the Maryland Business Roundtable Foundation, an organization that promotes school reform; free courses at universities; a weeklong trip to the National Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.; and a visit to Washington to meet President Clinton and Education Secretary Richard W. Riley.

This year, the teacher of the year in Baltimore and 22 of the state's 23 counties (Garrett County does not participate in the award program) also will receive a free home computer and modem, donated by the private National Cristina Foundation in a partnership with the state Department of Education.

They will have free Internet access through the University of Maryland -- part of a plan to form a network of teachers and promote the exchange of educational information across the state, said Darla F. Strouse, director of partnerships and recognition for the Department of Education.

The 23 teachers also will serve as consultants, providing insights on school reform to state educational leaders throughout the year.

Pub Date: 7/31/96

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