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That for Which I am Most Grateful
This column is a corrected version of the Teacher of the Year column from the Spring 2010 issue of the Classroom to Community Express newspaper.
5/06/10

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As I look back on my year as Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year, I also look forward… hoping to remember. I will remember the support and enthusiasm of our Superintendent, Dr. Hairston, who foresaw the future influences of technology on education and who encourages us to use that truth to help meet the needs of every child. I will remember to be grateful for the opportunity to work with my husband, Joe Anderson, again in an effort to bring the “Lost Ones” home and that the dreams we had really did come true -- that they resulted in students, educators, and even in our Superintendent celebrating how exciting learning is and the possibilities that risk-taking brings.

I will remember the pride and excitement I felt when I watched Catonsville Middle School’s students connect with teachers and students attending Carver Center and Eastern Tech, and how it felt to see the pride in our students when they learned that we were now extending the program to include Westchester Elementary

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School students and that they would soon have the opportunity to teach Westchester’s “Little Ones.” I’ll smile and remember how our students gleamed at the enthusiastic compliments given to them by their high school tutors who taught them math and reading through our Virtual One-Room Schoolhouse (VORSH). I’ll remember that it’s okay to publicly admit that we can’t always reach and teach children “where they are” because sometimes they are in a place we are no longer, but that other students across the county are not only able, but willing and capable of doing so.

I will remember what it felt like to co-teach with my principal, Michael Thorne, who felt it important to get to know personally every eighth grade student in our building who scored basic on our MSA exam for reading and/or math.

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I will capture the image of him, sitting beside a struggling student, explaining patiently how to graph a linear equation and when he told me that that was the “most meaningful experience he had ever had in education.” Nor will I forget how many moments we spent in his office worried over their attention, hoping for their buy-in, praying for their success, and ultimately crying over the end of the program and the lessons we learned from all of the students involved.

It is true; I am blessed to work for a Superintendent whose vision ensures that all students, even my son who has special needs, truly matter, that I’m married to another educator who works for BCPS and who shares my passion for education and my drive to make a difference in the lives of children, to have become best friends with a principal who is willing to teach beside me, and to have spent this last year of my career as Baltimore County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

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All of these things have become those for which I am most grateful. These things, I’ll remember.

By Cecily Anderson, Baltimore County Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2009-2010
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