Twenty-two outstanding educators from area schools were honored at a dinner Jan. 10 by the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, which honors teachers as part of their annual awards and installation dinner,.

Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools Dallas Dance was on hand to honor the Baltimore County Public School educators

Teachers from Carney Elementary, to Kenwood High School, to the Community College of Baltimore County were selected on the basis of having five or more years of service in education, classroom leadership, involvement in extra-curricular activities, respect from colleagues and service as positive role model for students.

Those honored were: Kathleen Wiles, Carney Elementary School; Kristy Curran, Chesapeake High School; Jessica Nies, Deep Creek Elementary School; Nakia Younger, Deep Creek Magnet Middle School; Jilian Krause, Eastern Technical High School; Crystal Collins, Essex Elementary School; Christina Decker, Glenmar Elementary School; Lawrence Ramsey, Golden Ring Middle School; Ashley Morin, Hawthorne Elementary School; Micki Buckingham, Joppa View Elementary School; Tammy Jackson, Kenwood High School; Harri Mullenax, Mars Estates Elementary School; Alyssa Verdugo, McCormick Elementary School; Matthew Clifford, Middle River Middle School; Amanda Cochran, Orems Elementary School; Kathryn Knight, Parkville Middle School; Erin Renner, Perry Hall High School; Brittany Driscoll, Sandalwood Elementary School and Lisa Bennett, Stemmers Run Middle School.


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Also honored were Donna Rongione of the Community College of Baltimore County, and two educators at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Ryan Kloetzer of the lower school and Cheryl Willbanks of the upper school.

Each honoree received a plaque and goodie bags filled with gifts from local businesses.

Janelle Gwynn, the chamber's director, noted that members of any school's staff who have had had a positive impact on students was eligible for the awards.

"We recognize there are instrumental people in the school system who aren't always teachers," she said, noting that people in that category might not otherwise receive recognition for their efforts.

Each principal in the areas served by the chamber was asked to nominate a staff member for the awards that were first given 60 years ago, according to Gwynn.

A new award, the Anthony Lawston Strength to Overcome Adversity Award, was given to David Vereb, a student at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School. It came with a $500 scholarship.