Howard teacher named Teacher of the YearFor...


Howard teacher named Teacher of the Year

For the second straight year, Diane D. Ferary, a business instructor at Oakland Mills High School, has been named Maryland Teacher of the Year in the IBM Technology & Learning Teacher of the Year Program. Last year she shared state honors with a teacher from Germantown.

In June Ms. Ferary received an honorable mention award in the eighth annual awards program sponsored by the Council on Economic Education in Maryland.

A 26-year classroom veteran with 17 years at Oakland Mills, Ms. Ferary said, "I love teaching today as much as I ever did. Whether or not they go to college, students need to take as many business courses as possible because that is where the jobs are."

A native of Uniontown, Pa., Ms. Ferary holds a bachelor of science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a masters of education from the Johns Hopkins University.

Ms. Ferary was selected for the IBM award for her creative use of technology in the class room. Her winning entry was the annual international Monopoly tournament she holds for students in the five business classes she teaches at Oakland Mills.

The multicultural, day-long marathon had the students playing on Italian, Russian, French, Spanish, British and regular boards. Monopoly players also tested their skills against the computer.

PROMise shop opens at Hickory Ridge

Students shopping for a homecoming dance dress are reminded to stop by the Project PROMise consignment shop which is now open in the Hickory Ridge Village Center at Freetown Road and Cedar Lane, next to Domino's Pizza.

Conceived by Howard County high school students last spring to give "a dress a second chance at the dance," Project PROMise proceeds will benefit the homeless in Howard County through Grassroots and the Domestic Violence Center.

The shopping center is adjacent to Atholton High School.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31; and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 28.

Information: (301) 596-5833 or 992-3622.

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