Amelia Markosian named KCPS Teacher of the Year for 2017-18
CHESTERTOWN — Amelia Markosian, a sixth-year teacher at Kent County Middle School, held back tears of joy after she was chosen as this year’s Teacher of the Year at the Kent County Public Schools awards ceremony March 26. “I was not expecting this at all,” Markosian said after accepting the award at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club. Markosian said she spent her summers in the Gregg Neck community near Galena and fell in love with the area. This prompted her to want to teach at Kent County Public Schools. Markosian said her main teaching experience comes from Kent County Public Schools, however, she said she has worked with children at summer camps and daycare centers from an early age. Markosian received her undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster and is currently finishing her master’s in school leadership at Wilmington University. A science teacher, Markosian also is the cheerleading coach at Kent County Middle School. Markosian said that when she first came to the school, there was no program, so she fell into coaching cheerleading, which she has enjoyed. “Being a teacher in the Kent County public school system has opened up so many doors for me,” Markosian said. “I’ve had the opportunity to grow as a leader and work along the side of some amazing colleagues that really have changed my life and changed my outlook on many things.” Markosian said the best part of her job was laughing with her students and building lasting relationships with them. She said that seeing her students grow into adults and into community members was another favorite aspect of her job. “Thank you guys, it is such a privilege to live and teach here in Kent County, and it’s so wonderful to work with your students, so thank you so much,” Markosian said. The additional finalists for Teacher of the Year were Noel Morris, Kent County High School; Linda Taylor, Galena Elementary School; Jennifer Maloney, H.H. Garnet
Elementary School; and Christine Austin, Rock Hall Elementary School. Victoria Walsh was honored as this year’s Promising Educator award. Walsh is a first-year teacher at Galena Elementary School. The additional finalists for the Promising Educator Award were Alexis Chandler, KCHS; William Poore, KCMS; and Charles Thai, Rock Hall and Galena elementary schools. Anesha Freeman also was recognized during the ceremony as the Support Employee of the Year. Freeman is an instructional assistant at Garnet Elementary. She has been employed by Kent County Public Schools for four years. “I want to thank everybody that nominated me, and thank everybody for us all being a team, to try to work together and make sure the children get the education and the love and support that they need,” Freeman said. During her opening remarks at the awards ceremony, Superintendent Karen Couch referenced a speech by Theodore Roosevelt, referred to as “The Man in the Arena.” Couch said that it is important to not lose sight of the fact that teachers are the ones who fight for their student’s education. She said that teachers are more than their testing results and more than what their critics say of them. “There’s always more to the data story, and that’s where you all come in, you’re the other part of that story as well,” Couch said. “There are parts of the story that go well beyond the data. Children and stories stay long after the data fades. You are the light for your students, what stories will you tell?” Last year’s Teacher of the Year, Jedina Fraizer, spoke to audience members about her experience visiting the White House. Fraizer said she was ecstatic to be walking in the same paths with former presidents. Fraizer said she was happy that another Kent County educator could share the experience of being a Teacher of the Year. “In closing I say good luck to each nominee, it was an honor to hear your stories,” Fraizer said. “And to my family, Henry Highland Garnet Elementary, I say thank you.”
Winner of the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award Amelia Markosian poses with members of the Kent County Board of Education. From left are Joe Goetz, Markosian, Bryan Williams, Trish McGee and Wendy Costa.
Winner of the 2018 Support Employee of the Year Award Anesha Freeman is joined by members of the Kent County Board of Education. From left are Bryan Williams, Freeman, Trish McGee, Wendy Costa and Joe Goetz.
Victoria Walsh, winner of the 2018 Promising Educator award, poses with her plaque and award.