Linda Adamson doesn't mind when fifth-graders play cards on her classroom floor during the school year, and apparently the state doesn't mind either.
In fact, that and other innovative teaching practices may qualify her for the highest honor bestowed on any teacher -- Maryland Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Adamson, a teacher at Mayo Elementary for the past three years, was named yesterday a finalist in the Maryland Teacher of the Year contest, an honor usually reserved for teachers with more experience.
But Mrs. Adamson's innovative approach to math has earned her distinction. For example, students learn math by playing a card game.
And sometimes they talk to a Guatemalan "Frizzle" drawn on the blackboard.
Her interest in Guatemala apparently stems from her involvement in a church literacy program. She could not be reached for comment because she is traveling to Guatemala to participate in a literacy program.
"She is such an enthusiastic teacher. She makes learning exciting for the students," said Victoria Waidner, who nominated Mrs. Adamson and is principal at Mayo Elementary.
Car accident victim used alias, police say
A 40-year-old woman, one of three people killed Wednesday night in an accident on Route 408 and Sands Road, apparently used an alias and was identified by her stepfather on Friday, county police said.
Ronald Erlwein told police the woman tentatively identified as Carol Ann Colbert was really Deborah Michelle Barry. Mr. Erlwein, who lives in Clinton, identified his stepdaughter at the morgue, police said. He told police Ms. Barry, who had no fixed address, often used aliases, including Carol Ann Colbert.
Annapolis man charged with theft, assault
County police arrested an Annapolis man Friday morning after he allegedly tried to steal a video recorder and threatened two employees of a television store with a knife after they stopped him, officials said.
The man allegedly put a $700 Sony camcorder under his clothing and tried to walk out of Rickey's T.V. in Parole Plaza shortly after 10 a.m., police said. An alarm sounded as the man walked through the front door, and two men confronted the suspect, police said.
The man pulled out a 9-inch steak knife and threatened the employees, who disarmed him after a brief struggle, police said.
Ronald Stephen Isaacs, 37, of the first block of Gentry Court was charged with theft, assault and battery, resisting arrest and possession of a concealed deadly weapon. He is being held at the Anne Arundel County jail on $12,000 bail, police said.