Priscilla Cox Ward, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis, is one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year. She is the current Anne Arundel County Public School Teacher of the Year.
Ward, who has taught in the system for 25 years, is a strong zTC believer that early childhood education is vital and that her students should love to learn.
A committee of teachers, administrators, legislators, parents, businessmen and higher education officials select the finalists for the statewide Teacher of the Year honor. The choices are made on the basis of the teachers' responses to questions about teaching philosophy, community involvement, education issues and trends, and their ideas about improving the teaching profession.
In the 11 years Maryland has sponsored the Teacher of the Year program, Anne Arundel County has had a finalist seven times. Two teachers have won the top honor: Patricia Neidhardt, a Broadneck High School science teacher, in 1988-1989, and Linda Adamson, a Mayo Elementary School teacher, in 1993-1994.
The state 1997-1998 Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 3. The other finalists include teachers from Baltimore and from Carroll, Harford, Queen Anne's, Talbot and Worcester counties.
Pub Date: 8/21/97