Kristin Schaub, Harford County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year, was surrounded by current and former students and their families Tuesday evening at the Havre de Grace McDonald's.
The restaurant off Pulaski Highway was decorated with balloons and filled with families chowing down on McDonald's fare for McDonald's McTeacher of the Year Night.
Schaub, a fifth-grade teacher at Havre de Grace Elementary School, said people began coming into the restaurant around 5 p.m.
"It's just been one big party since then," she said.
The event was hosted by McDonald's Family Restaurants of Greater Baltimore, which held similar events for six other local Teachers of the Year in the Baltimore area.
Schaub was named Teacher of the Year for Harford County in March, and the state's Teacher of the Year Gala is scheduled to for Oct. 11.
McDonald's is an "official sponsor" for the Maryland State Department of Education, and the McDonald's Family Restaurants of Maryland is the sponsor of the Teacher of the Year Annual Cruise and Gala, according to a press release.
The Maryland Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014 will receive an iPad tablet and a $10,000 donation for his or her school, courtesy of McDonald's Family Restaurants of Maryland.
On Tuesday, Kevin Morrow, operations supervisor for McDonald's restaurants in Harford and Cecil counties, and Evangeline Butler, general manager of the Havre de Grace restaurant, presented Schaub with a $500 gift certificate to purchase school supplies, flowers and McCafe coupons and accessories.
Butler, who read from prepared remarks during the gift certificate presentation, said McDonald's officials are "committed to making a positive impact in the community in which we do business."
"Kristin [Schaub] is not someone who just teaches lessons to her students, rather she is a mentor, a positive force in students' lives to help them grow socially and mentally," Butler continued.
The McTeacher event also served as a fundraiser for Havre de Grace Elementary; McDonald's donated $946, matching a portion of sales raised during the event, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
McDonald's donated $951 from that event to Holly Hall.
Schaub has taught at Havre de Grace since 2004 and is known for incorporating activities such as singing, dancing and hands-on learning into her classroom instruction methods.
Former student Cameron Doucette, who lives in North East, said he "actually learned a lot in her class."
Cameron is 11 years old and in sixth grade.
His mother, Jennifer Doucette, called Schaub "wonderful."
"It was his best year in elementary school," she said of her son's time in Schaub's classroom.
Margaret Dawson of Havre de Grace also gave Schaub high praise.