To the news that Cecil County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Anne Highfield is one of seven state finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year. Highfield, who teaches fourth grade at Cecilton Elementary School, said she was “dumbfounded” when Superintendent D’Ette Devine and several other central administrators showed up in her classroom to deliver the news Tuesday. Highfield, who is in her 27th year with the county school system, was named county teacher of the year during a banquet in April. She is the fifth CCPS teacher to be named a state finalist in the last six years. But this year’s award isn’t the first for Highfield. In June 2015, she was named the 2015 Maryland History Teacher of the Year. For Highfield, the best part of teaching is building relationships with students and using their natural curiosity to encourage learning. She tries to plan many hands-on activities with her students, such as through a rain garden she created at Cecilton in 2013. Each year, her students tend to the garden and learn about the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding ecosystem. We’re proud to have teachers like Highfield in our county schools, and believe that she will do very well in the state competition.