5 Things I Have To Have Now

June 17, 2007|By [MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN]

For sixth-grade teacher Robin August, learning doesn't stop in the summer. Last month, the Deep Creek Magnet Middle School math educator was named 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year by Baltimore County public schools. Next month, August, 39, is off to Colorado to learn about gender differences in brain development and how that affects the way kids learn. She's also writing curriculum for Baltimore's math department during the break. Her favorite part about school? "Being in the classroom with the students and watching their spirits come alive as they learn," says August, who lives in Parkville and has been teaching for 17 years. "They keep me young."

1

Hardwood floors

"I'm rehabbing my living room, dining room and kitchen, ... [and] I have a cat, Tigger, who has prematurely aged the carpets."

2

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah

"He [the writer] grew up in Sierra Leone, and he was forced into the military and went through very hard times. ... It reminds me of how easy my life is and how much work there is to be done in the world."

3

iPod converter for my Prius

"I've had an iPod for almost two years, but I've never used it. Music always get me excited about the day. For the year [as part of the award], I get to use a Toyota Prius. I've had it for three weeks, and I've only put gas in it once."

4

Thrasher's fries

"When warm weather hits, it's my guilty pleasure. Not sure [if] it's the taste or the memories of walking along the boardwalk ... "

5

New luggage

"I'll be traveling a lot throughout the summer. As I face 40, I have to face the fact that my luggage cannot be a big camping backpack that I carry around. I need adult luggage."

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