Out of all the blogs I have written, this is the most difficult. I am ready to hand over the "crown" so another teacher can have this incredible experience as a TOY, but I think what I find difficult is how to put this year into words. As I reflect upon my year, it seems that the best way to describe it would be as an intense professional development. I was challenged to consider my philosophy of teaching and how it relates to larger issues, such as linking student performance to teacher evaluation and how to best measure that performance. I loved every minute of being the HCPS TOY, from throwing out the first pitch at an Ironbirds game to waving to the crowd in Bel Air's 4th of July parade. I had the opportunity to participate in discussions regarding the Race to the Top initiative, meet with the Governor and legislators in Annapolis, and serve as a mentor through the Teachers of Promise Institute. I was privileged to spend three days on an island in the Chesapeake Bay inhabited by only 50 people. Next month, I am delighted to be able to attend a White House tour and also to participate in a Celebration of Reading with George and Barbara Bush.However, I think what has been best about this year has been the opportunity to share ideas with people who love teaching and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of their students. I am so grateful for this past year that allowed me to learn how to be a better teacher. It has been a remarkable journey. Tonight, a new TOY will take his or her first step on the Teacher of the Year journey. Best wishes to our new TOY and to all of the outstanding Finalists!
Born in Chicago, I lived in Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Germany, Alaska, Arizona, Texas, and Pennsylvania before settling here in Maryland to become a teacher. I’ve called Maryland my home for the past 22 years, and I love it here!
Most people guess that I moved so much because my father was in the military. Actually, my dad was a professor and author so we moved for his career or because he was conducting research for a novel. My mother was also a professor and a poet, so I guess you could say teaching is in my blood.
I have two sons, Cade and Griffin, who attend Harford County Public Schools and are in third and sixth grade, respectively. Cade wants to be a famous musician when he grows up, and Griffin wants to be an author (and maybe a teacher).
This year will mark my 18th wedding anniversary. I met my husband, Kevin, on a blind date and we've been together ever since. We enjoy gardening, swing dancing, and sometimes my husband can be found at local Open Mic Nights playing guitar and singing while I cheer him on.
Due to an ongoing power outage that is expected to last for a few more hours, North Bend will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. TODAY, Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
Primary and emergency contacts for students at North Bend Elementary School will receive this message via our mass notification system.
12/7/2022 10:47:57 AM
The following message will be sent to all staff, parents and guardians, via phone, email, and text message on December 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.:
On Friday, December 9, 2022, all schools will dismiss 3 hours early for students. Please note, half-day PreK will NOT meet on early dismissal dates.
Calendar information for the entire 2022-2023 school year can be found on hcps.org.
12/7/2022 8:11 AM
The following message will be sent to staff and families December 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. via phone, email, and text message:
The window is now open to nominate your favorite teacher from this year, or years past, for the 2023 Teacher of the Year!
Visit hcps.org and click “learn more” in the banner at the top of the page to share a few sentences on why you want your school to consider nominating your favorite teacher this year! The program will look slightly different this year as HCPS will celebrate a night of excellence in education when the Teacher of the Year is announced. In addition to announcing the 2023 Teacher of the Year, we will honor retired or former teachers who will be inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame.
We want to thank HarfordTV who is planning to broadcast the culminating event on April 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (mark your calendar now!) via their Facebook Live as well as recording for later viewing. Local businesses and community members continue to play an integral part in showing our appreciation for our educators and we look forward to celebrating with everyone again this year! If you or your business would like to support the program this year, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nominations are due by January 4, 2023. Don't delay- submit your nomination here as soon as possible.
12/6/2022 10:55 AM
11/17/2022 12:59 PM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
10/27/2022 12:38 PM
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