June 24, 2024
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Glen Burnie Teacher Named Teacher Of The Year

Erin Sullivan Wins Teacher Of The Year

From the Anne Arundel County Public Schools:

Erin Sullivan, an ESOL teacher at Glen Burnie High School, tonight was named as the 2009-10 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. The surprise announcement culminated an evening of celebration at the 24th annual Excellence in Education Awards, presented by AACPS and the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Comcast and the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation.

Two local businesses were also honored as Business Partners of the Year for their outstanding contributions to county schools. Reilly Benefits was selected as the small business (less than 50 employees) winner for its work on a variety of initiatives with Southern High School. In the large business (more than 50 employees) category, Northrop Grumman won for the second consecutive year, this time for its partnership with Meade High School’s Homeland Security signature program.

Sullivan will now represent county public school teachers as the school system’s nominee for Maryland Teacher of the Year.

“I am really excited about what this award means for my students,” Sullivan said. “They get to see that the work of their teachers is important to others. I am inspired by their struggles and triumphs, so I will use this as an opportunity to bring ESOL education into the forefront.”

Fifty-four educators and 14 business partnerships were recognized during the event, which was attended by more than 600 people. Other finalists for this year’s public school Teacher of the Year honor were: Dana P. Manojlović, a third-grade teacher at Central Elementary School; Laura Pinto, a social studies teacher at Bates Middle School; Sandra Nee-Jackson, a child development teacher at Old Mill High School; and Renee Michelle Stout, an AVID teacher at North County High School.

Sullivan has been at Glen Burnie High School for five years, and has elevated student achievement throughout that time. Eleven of her students graduated last year, and nine were the first high school graduates in their families.

“Erin is someone who clearly moves beyond the four walls of the classroom,” said Nantucket Elementary School Principal Dr. Diana Strohecker, one of eight judges for the competition. “She gives every ounce to every child who comes in and is at a disadvantage of not being able to have a good command of the English language. This is more than a job or even a passion for Erin. It has settled in her soul.”

Other educators honored at tonight’s event were:

● Lawrence Ascione, Annapolis Middle School
● Jordan Bennett, North County High School
● Theresa Bosworth, Deale Elementary School
● Doug Richard Brown, South River High School
● Kim S. Burrows, Lothian Elementary School
● Ruthie Bushnell, Riviera Beach Elementary
● Jamie M. Chestnut, Oakwood Elementary School
● Colleen Cohee, Hilltop Elementary School
● Royal W. Connell, Annapolis High School
● Darlene Coughlin, Monsignor Slade Regional Catholic School
● Cheryl Ann Cox, Marley Elementary School
● Melissa Cressman, Cape St. Claire Elementary School
● Ann Durkos, Windsor Farm Elementary School
● Lisa Ann Ferrer, Hillsmere Elementary School
● Kristy Floyd, Marley Middle School
● Jennifer Foster, Tracey’s Elementary School
● Cathy Gallagher, Lindale Middle School
● Emily Christine Gordon, Northeast High School
● Alison Grava, Arundel High School
● Joyce Harai, Central Special School
● Susan Hartman, Arnold Elementary School
● Debra Mauller Hathorne, Shipley’s Choice Elementary School
● Michelle Hibbert, Quarterfield Elementary School
● Deborah L. Jester, Pasadena Elementary School
● Leigh Jones, Davidsonville Elementary School
● Eric Thomas Kilby, Meade High School
● Patricia Kuehne, North County High School
● MaryAnn Lang, Solley Elementary School
● Erin Leyden, Millersville Elementary School
● Kathleen Locke, Crofton Meadows Elementary School
● Tracey Leah Malarkey, Southern High School
● Laura Cawthorne Martien, Nantucket Elementary School
● Sally Mastroberti, Community Based Services
● Misty Matesic, Quarterfield Elementary School
● Sharon Mattoon, Germantown Elementary School
● Susan McDonald, Sunset Elementary School
● Diane McGrath, Richard Henry Lee Elementary School
● Jerian Moeller, Lake Shore Elementary School
● Karen Muir, George Fox Middle School
● Pamela Osborn, Fort Smallwood Elementary School
● Mary Ellen Ouslander, Severna Park Middle School
● Julie Priebe, Mayo Elementary School
● Deborah Rowens, Lothian Elementary School
● Michele Russo, Park and Brock Bridge elementary schools
● Judith Nilsen Schmid, Jacobsville Elementary School
● Deena C. Settineri, Rolling Knolls Elementary School
● Jennifer Leigh Sturgell, Southern Middle School
● Aime Webber, Pershing Hill Elementary School
● Jo Cannon Weber, Severn Elementary School

Other business and community partners honored were: Kathleen Beauman and Dr. Steve Ailstock, Anne Arundel Community College; Dr. Richard Cerkovnik, Anne Arundel Community College; Tom Thorton, Aerotek; Pastor Rick Gray, Community United Methodist Church; Tommy Lee, East Coast Martial Arts; Barbara and Barron Brown, Full Gospel Emancipation Life Center; Dave Magayna, Gemini Financial Services; Dave and Pam Keohane, Greenhouse Grill; Cheryl Hokanson, Impressive Promotional; Tom Stuehler, La Fontaine Bleue; Jennifer Kyle, SAIC Intelligence and Information Solutions; and SSgt Heather White, U.S. Air Force.

All teacher nominees were given commemorative crystal apples, certificates of recognition, and several prizes donated by Anne Arundel County businesses and community partners. The Teacher of the Year will also receive an additional $1,000 from Comcast and $500 from the school system. Each of the other AACPS finalists receives $250 from the school system.

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