Reincke, Aaron honored with teach­ing award

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

— Dorch­ester County Public Schools honored Sean Reincke, so­cial stud­ies teacher at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School as the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year and, Am­ber Aaron, math teacher at North Dorch­ester Mid­dle School as the 2017-18 First Class Teacher of the Year.

Mace’s Lane Mid­dle School hosted the cer­e­mony on Tues­day, April 4. There were eight nom­i­nees for Teacher of the Year, and six nom­i­nees for First Class Teacher of the Year.

“An­nu­ally at this event, we are pre­sented with com­pelling proof that the teach­ing pro­fes­sion, which is first and fore­most a peo­ple busi­ness, con­tin­ues to thrive in our school sys­tem and each year we are re­minded of the very best qual­i­ties of our teach­ers, whether they are ex­pe­ri­enced vet­er­ans or new to this vo­ca­tion,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Dr. Henry V. Wagner.

“These qual­i­ties in­clude an un­shake­able be­lief and faith in the pos­i­tive worth and po­ten­tial in chil­dren, a per­sis­tent op­ti­mism in the face of daunt­ing chal­lenges, and a gen­eros­ity of spirit that el­e­vates their pro­fes­sion­al­ism to the level of a vo­ca­tion, a true call­ing

that tran­scends the mun­dane con­sid­er­a­tions of so many other pro­fes­sions. As a su­per­in­ten­dent near­ing re­tire­ment, I find tonight’s cel­e­bra­tion to be es­pe­cially mean­ing­ful.”

Orig­i­nally from Penn­syl­va­nia, Reincke has been a teacher at CSD since his ca­reer be­gan in 1999. He has also coached the school’s cross coun­try and track teams. He earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in His­tory from St. Fran­cis Univer­sity, his se­condary ed­u­ca­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from Millersville Univer­sity, and his mas­ter’s in ed­u­ca­tion from Sal­is­bury Univer­sity in 2010.

Reincke was nom­i­nated for First Class Teacher of the Year in 2000, and was twice be­fore nom­i­nated for Teacher of the Year in 2008 and 2010.

CSD Prin­ci­pal Dave Bromwell said this of Reincke: “He is more than a teacher. He is a pil­lar of our com­mu­nity and has helped shape many lives. He leads by ex­am­ple and demon­strates true per­se­ver­ance in the face of ad­ver­sity. His en­thu­si­asm for both ed­u­ca­tion and life is in­fec­tious.”

“Each year brings changes to cur­ricu­lum, the sub­ject/grade level taught, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties out­side of the class­room, and even state as­sess­ments. My mes­sage is to re-cen­ter our­selves to the one thing that hasn’t changed: stu­dents need us. Let them be our fo­cus,” said Reincke.

Aaron earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion and math­e­mat­ics from Sal­is­bury Univer­sity. Be­fore join­ing the DCPS team full-time, she was a sub­sti­tute in the county for six years.

Un­der her lead­er­ship as coach, the NDHS Cheer Team to sec­ond place at the Reach the Beach Cheer Na­tion­als from which they will con­tinue on to the U.S. Fi­nals com­pe­ti­tion. Aaron said her time coach­ing is what in­spired her to change her de­gree pro­gram to ed­u­ca­tion.

The nom­i­nees were each care­fully con­sid­ered by the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee which in­cluded Dr. Rev­erend Charles Pin­kett, Lor­raine Henry, Shel­ley McCol­lis­ter, 2016-17 First Class Teacher of the Year Amy Stoops, and 2016-17 Teacher of the Year Jen­nifer Wingate.

Each nom­i­nee was gifted a prize pack­age which in­cluded a DCPS tote bag, gift cards to var­i­ous area restau­rants, and 4 tick­ets to a Del­marva Shore­birds game, among other prizes.

As First Class Teacher of the Year, Aaron was gifted an ad­di­tional prize pack­age val­ued at over $2,000, which in­cluded mem­ber­ships to the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts and the Dorch­ester YMCA, two passes for a sail on the Skip­jack Nathan, sev­eral gift cards to area restau­rants and re­tail­ers, and the op­tion of a new lap­top or $1,000 from DCPS.

As Teacher of the Year, Reincke was gifted an ad­di­tional prize pack­age val­ued at over $4,000, which in­cluded all of the above, plus a Yeti tum­bler, bowl­ing passes to Chop­tank Bowl­ing Cen­ter, a round of golf for two at Chop­tank River Golf. Be­gin­ning with the 2017-2018 school year, he will also re­ceive a ve­hi­cle to use for the year from Her­trich Fam­ily of Auto Deal­er­ships, the cost of which is not in­cluded in the prize pack­age value.

Cater­ing for the event was pro­vided by the Dorch­ester Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter culi­nary arts pro­gram, and cor­sages and bou­ton­nieres for the nom­i­nees and es­teemed guests were crafted by the DCTC Agri­science pro­gram.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Dorch­ester County Teacher of the Year Sean Reincke and First Class Teacher of the Year Am­ber Aaron pose with Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Henry Wagner af­ter re­ceiv­ing their es­teemed awards Tues­day, April 4.

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

2017-18 Teacher of the Year Sean Reincke and Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Henry Wagner hold the ban­ner that will hang in honor of Reincke at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School in the com­ing school year.

2017-18 First Class Teacher of the Year Am­ber Aaron and Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Henry Wagner hold the ban­ner that will hang in honor of Aaron at North Dorch­ester Mid­dle School in the com­ing school year.

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