Eastern Shore educator named state Teacher of the Year

October 11, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Aaron Deal, a Wicomico County middle school teacher praised for his creativity in using computer technology in the classroom, won the state's highest education honor last night at a ceremony at Martin's West.

A committee of educators and community leaders selected the computer science instructor as the 2003-2004 Maryland Teacher of the Year out of a field of eight finalists that included a Howard County elementary school teacher.

Maryland Public Television hired Deal to conduct a teacher workshop on how to create interactive PowerPoint lessons.

"One of the reasons we hired him is because of his creativity," said Kathy Krcma, who manages MPT's teacher-training program. "Aaron is very proficient. He has a very warm, congenial presentation style."

In the nine years Deal has been a teacher, the 1993 Salisbury University graduate has distinguished himself by becoming an expert at using PowerPoint presentations to entertain and teach.

In addition to training others to use technology in the classroom, Deal has mentored teachers and college interns, and served on school improvement teams, according to the Maryland Department of Education.

As part of the award, Deal received a new Chevrolet Malibu, $5,000, a laptop computer, software, a one-week trip to the National Space Camp and $1,000 to attend a conference.

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