THUMBS UP: Jena Ehmann, a reading specialist at Winfield Elementary School, was named Teacher of the Year in an annual contest through Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The 12-year veteran of CCPS was selected from among eight finalists culled from more than 500 nominees. Ordinarily, her award would’ve been announced at a well-attended dinner, but as a concession to the coronavirus that has kept Ehmann and her colleagues out of the classroom since mid-March, her award was announced at the Board of Education meeting on May 13. Ehmann is the latest in a long of educators. Her grandmother, grandfather, aunts, uncles, and both sisters are teachers. Her mother taught for more than 30 years in Carroll County. She clearly enjoys her job, which includes working with students through interventions, supporting teachers as a resource and collaborator, and working with professional development and writing curriculum for the whole county. “I don’t think there is a better job, or a better fit for me in education than where I am right now," she told us. “I love the idea that elementary school, especially — being the first time you go to school — the whole world is open to you. You can be anything you want to be by learning all of these things that we teach as early as elementary school."