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Anne Arundel County awards excellence in education [Russett]

On Feb. 23, Anne Arundel County Public Schools announced five teachers were named finalists for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year award. They are: Christine McCallister, a science teacher at Meade Middle School; Jennie Merrill, a fifth-grade teacher at Severna Park Elementary School; Kristen Duffy, a first-grade teacher at Bodkin Elementary School; Meredith Claborn, a kindergarten teacher at Broadneck Elementary School; and Iris Crankfield, an English teacher at South River High School.

In addition, the following are also finalists for the 2015 Independent Schools Teacher of the Year award: Catherine Klase-Markey, a social science teacher at Archbishop Spalding High School and Virginia Ready, a science teacher at St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal School.

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The finalists will be interviewed by a panel of business leaders, students, administrators and other teachers. The winner will represent Anne Arundel County at the state Teacher Of The Year competition later this year.

The Anne Arundel County finalists will be among 50 educators honored at the 29th annual Excellence in Education banquet Friday, April 10 at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum. Tickets for this event are $55 each. For ticket orders and sponsorship information, go to aaaccc.org. For other information, call 410-266-3960.

The annual banquet is a collaboration between Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. Local business and community partners will also be recognized for their partnerships with county schools, which directly benefit the county's nearly 80,000 students.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Mark your calendars for Wednesdays, March 11 and April 8 for Brock Bridge Elementary School's PTA meetings from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Media Center; as well as Spring Break from Wednesday, April 1 to Monday, April 6.

In addition, as mentioned in my last column, "Color Maryland Green" contest submissions must be postmarked by close of business, Friday, March 13. For more details about the contest and how to enter, go to dnr2.maryland.gov/education/pages/cmg_about.aspx or e-mail lauren.dorill@maryland.gov or call 410-260-8008.

And as a final note, my good friend and Russett resident Bill Berned, who will be participating in the American Diabetes Association's fourth annual Chesapeake Bay Tour De Cure on Saturday, May 16, has exceeded his original goal of $1,000. His new goal is $2,000 and he has donations of $1,373.00 so far. If you would like to help Bill achieve and/or exceed his new goal, please go to diabetes.org, find his personal page, click "donate" and follow the prompts. Updates on Bill's progress will be featured in future columns.

Happy birthday to my friends and neighbors: Spencer Dove who celebrated on March 4; Nicole Wilkie Schmidt who celebrates on March 14; Angela Lauria who celebrates on March 26; and Kory Blake who celebrates on April 5.

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