City teacher wins top state education award

September 29, 2001|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

Linda Jarvis Eberhart, a teacher at Baltimore's Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School, was named Maryland Teacher of the Year yesterday during a ceremony at Martin's West.

Selected from a field of seven finalists, Eberhart was recognized for her work teaching science and math to fourth- and fifth-graders. Her efforts helped the school post the highest math scores on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program the past two years.

"At Mount Royal, we eliminated the race and income achievement gap," Eberhart said yesterday after being honored. "All my students are African-American and 80 percent are in the free lunch program. The children work real hard."

Eberhart said she integrates math, science and reading lessons. Conducting enjoyable activities was what propelled students toward their high test results, she said.

She has included the science of making and measuring bubbles, and baking bread.

"They then realize why the science is important," said Eberhart, a 32-year veteran of the city schools.

She graduated from Western High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Towson University.

The state honor includes a $5,000 award, which Eberhart said she plan to spend on new computer printers at Mount Royal.

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