Governor spotlights scholarships for teachers

January 17, 2002|By Stephen Kiehl | Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF

For a change, Annapolis High School teacher Kevin Schiavone stood in front of the General Assembly and the governor yesterday instead of a classroom full of kids.

The lawmakers, he said, were a little less raucous. In fact, they gave him a standing ovation.

Schiavone, 29, was in the first class of Marylanders to receive the state's HOPE Teacher Scholarship. Gov. Parris N. Glendening singled him out yesterday during his State of the State address as an example of the impact of state scholarship programs.

"Yes, it cost the state money to help Kevin become a teacher," Glendening told lawmakers, "but I know you will agree with me that the return on our investment has been spectacular."

About 3,800 students have used the HOPE Teacher Scholarship since the program began in 1999. It provides up to $5,000 a year for state residents in graduate or undergraduate programs. They must teach one year in Maryland for every year of the scholarship.

For Schiavone, the money meant he could attend Bowie State University part time while working part time to support his family. He is married, with a baby on the way.

"You don't have to worry about paying for college," Schiavone said. "Otherwise, I would have had to take student loans, and I didn't want any more student loans."

Schiavone teaches special education at Annapolis High and coaches the junior varsity football team and the varsity baseball team. In the hallways and in the classroom, everyone calls him "coach."

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