Amelia Markosian named KCPS Teacher of the Year for 2017-18

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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.”

PHO­TOS BY JACK RODGERS

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.

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

Vic­to­ria Walsh, win­ner of the 2018 Promis­ing Ed­u­ca­tor award, poses with her plaque and award.

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