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Release Date: 11/28/2018
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Randallstown High teacher named 2018 National University System - Sanford Teacher Award winner for Maryland

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TOWSON, MD — Susan Ellerbee, a multi-media teacher at Randallstown High School, has been named the 2018 National University System - Sanford Teacher Award winner for Maryland.

The honor comes with a $10,000 prize. This is the first year for this award program designed to honor inspirational teachers. One PreK-12 teacher in each state and the District of Columbia are being honored. These 51 honorees are in addition to five Inaugural Sanford Teacher Award recipients who were identified earlier on in the campaign for representing key qualities being celebrated by the Sanford Teacher Awards, and who were involved in raising awareness of the campaign. Both the Inaugural recipients and the teachers announced today qualify for the national title, to be announced in early 2019, which adds up to a total award of $50,000 for one of the teachers.

“Randallstown High School is excited and honored to celebrate Mrs. Susan Ellerbee as the recipient of the 2018 Sanford Teacher Award,” said Principal Aubrey P. Brown. “Mrs. Ellerbee is a knowledgeable and talented instructor. As a Mass Communications magnet program teacher, she deftly designs instruction that prepares students with limited previous knowledge or skills to quickly begin working with technology and equipment to create captivating, memorable stories and features. Mrs. Ellerbee captures the imagination and interests of students, and then uses this momentum to push students to think critically about authorship, digital citizenship, and responsible journalism.”

Under Ellerbee’s direction, students at Randallstown High are producing television and radio shows, a school news magazine, and a school literary and arts magazine. Among her many honors, Ellerbee was named 2016-2017 Randallstown High School Teacher of Year and winner of a 2017 Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award. Earlier this year, Ellerbee was named Regional Teacher of the Year by Magnet Schools of America, and the news magazine she oversees, The Rams Horn, won first place honors in the American Scholastic Press Association 2017-2018 magazine competition.

Before teaching, Ellerbee, a Randallstown resident, was an Emmy-nominated producer of television news, documentaries, and public affairs programs. Her previous positions include serving as an instructional designer and associate producer for Maryland Public Television, as a producer at WBAL-TV, and as a senior producer/community liaison for GTV (Howard County government's TV station). Ellerbee has earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Morgan State University and a master's degree in communication arts from Montclair State University.

“On this Giving Tuesday,” Brown added, “this recognition of teachers like Mrs. Ellerbee is a genuine way of giving back to teachers who give so much of their time, dedication, and energy to our communities.”

The Sanford Teacher Award is an initiative of the National University System, a network of private, nonprofit pre-college and higher education institutions and home to one of the top 10 largest schools of education in the country.

“The National University System is so pleased to be honoring the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford by recognizing inspiring teachers around the country through the Sanford Teacher Award,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, chancellor of the San Diego-based National University System. “Teachers give so much of themselves to their students, schools and communities, and the Sanford Teacher Award is a way for us to celebrate the contributions of inspiring teachers who encourage children to reach their greatest potential.”

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