To 2016 Cecil County Public School Teacher of the Year Anne Highfield, of Cecilton Elementary School, who sounds as excited about education as when she got her first taste as a high school freshman. Highfield, who has been with CCPS for 26 years, has held a variety of roles including media specialist, fifthgrade teacher, instructional support teacher and finally fourth-grade teacher. This recent honor wasn’t her first, however, as she was named the 2015 Maryland History Teacher of the Year in June. Curiosity, Highfield said, is key and she tries to keep that at the center of all her lessons. “I think if I can awaken their sense of curiosity about the world, they’ll be set for life,” she said. “The world isn’t really about how much information you can absorb or how much information the teacher can impart on you. It’s more about how you can direct your own learning and find out the things you want to find out, and then do and create something with that learning.” It sounds as if she is preparing a wonderful generation of learners who will be well positioned to do great things. Congratulations to our new teacher of the year.
To Chesapeake City Mayor Dean Geracimos’ announcement during Tuesday’s annual address that the small waterfront town has received $19.2 million in grants and project contributions from a variety of federal, state and county sources during his tenure as mayor over the past four years. Chesapeake City officials even expect to add to that total this year as grants, such as one from the state for Helen Titter Park, have positive outlooks. For a town that has a roughly $730,000 operating budget, such a huge haul of free dollars truly is impressive. That funding also hasn’t only beautified the town — though it has definitely done that — but also position the town to save operating and capital funds as well. Geracimos also announced that for the first time in almost 50 years, the town’s water and sewer fund is operating as a self-sustaining enterprise fund. For decades, the town has had to supplement its utility fund with money from its general fund in order to balance. Kudos to Chesapeake City for being the little town that could and pulling together to make a difference.