LAST FRIDAY, the Arundel High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 25 members in a ceremony held in the school auditorium. Society President Dave Huff officiated, members Melanie Hurst, Karen Pazzano and Allison Sledz performed musical selections and Channel 13 news anchor Denise Koch gave the keynote. Then, the members were inducted: Rachel Adams, John Baldwin, Alicia Brown, Richard Callahan, Ashley Curtis, Jennifer Foster, Allison Fox, Gilberto Gonzalez, Aaron Gough, Mary Herberger, Anna Hoppmann, Angela Huegel, Kelly Jordan, Jennifer McClurg, Valerie McDowell, Kristin Nardone, Robyn Nathanson, Matthew Neidig, Kelly Sittler, Kenneth Takata, Janina Tukarski, Timothy Walters, Yvette Word, Andrew Heid and Brian Ridgeway. Arundel National Honor Society members tutor high school students and others in the community. They collect food for the needy and they serve as guest readers in elementary schools.
Teacher of the Year contest
If I had to choose my all-time best teacher, it probably would be Sister Rose Paula, who taught high school American history. Tall, thin, with steel gray eyes keeping watch over every one of her 45 students, Sister Rose put up with no nonsense. She would sail down the aisles, her veil swishing, her wooden pointer rapping against the desk. No one fell asleep in history, that's for sure.
I long ago forgot the dates of battles and I don't always remember what president came when. But I will never forget the lessons she taught, such as true courage is needed in difficult situations and we have received a great heritage and it is our responsibility to make our country a better place. Tough as she was in class, everyone knew she was the person to see if you needed help. She helped thousands of girls make their way through adolescence.
Today's teachers deal with all kinds of situations that test their professionalism daily. Large classes, changing curricula, social problems, children with academic, family and social problems bring daily challenges to the dedicated teacher.
But every one of us has been touched by a teacher whose excitement brings a subject alive and whose compassion helped a student through difficulties.
Each year, the Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year Awards for Excellence in Education program recognizes a teacher who exemplifies these high educational standards and has earned the respect of colleagues, parents, students and the community. If you know a special teacher and would like to nominate that person as Teacher of the Year, you can get the forms from your school office.
Nominees must be full-time teachers in Anne Arundel County public schools with at least five years of experience and must spend at least 90 percent of each day in the classroom teaching. Applications are due April 3.
Pub Date: 3/24/98