Reincke, Aaron honored with teaching award
— 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.
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.
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.