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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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