Forte is finalist for Md. Teacher of Year

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CHURCH HILL — Queen Anne’s County Schools Teacher of the Year Ta­mara Forte was named one of seven fi­nal­ists for the 20162017 Mary­land Teacher of the Year Tues­day, Aug. 30. She teaches kin­der­garten at Church Hill Ele­men­tary.

In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Greg Pilewski, As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Janet Pauls, CHES Prin­ci­pal Jackie Wil­helm and com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ist Geneva Har­ri­son, act­ing as the “Sur­prise Pa­trol,” in­formed Forte of the honor min­utes be­fore the statewide an­nounce­ment was made.

State Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon

made the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of fi­nal­ists for 2016-2017 Mary­land Teacher of the Year honor.

“Mary­land teach­ers rank among the na­tion’s best, and the work of these ex­em­plary fi­nal­ists rep­re­sents the ex­cep­tional cre­ativ­ity and en­ergy found in class­rooms through the State,” said Salmon. “Mary­land’s class­room ed­u­ca­tors of­fer our stu­dents world-class in­struc­tion, pro­vid­ing a pass­port to their fu­ture suc­cess.”

This is the sec­ond year in a row that a QACPS teacher has been des­ig­nated a state finalist; Bar­bara Suther­land from Kent Is­land High School was named last year.

“I can’t be­lieve it,” said Forte when she was in­formed Tues­day morn­ing. “I’m ex­cited ... I’ll do my best [to rep­re­sent the county].”

Pilewski told Forte the school sys­tem was proud of her and he knew she would do an out­stand­ing job of rep­re­sent­ing not only her school, but the sys­tem as a whole.

Forte was se­lected as Queen Anne’s Teacher of the Year at the TOY gala April 22, 2016.

She is a grad­u­ate of Susque­hanna Uni­ver­sity and holds a Master of Arts in Ed­u­ca­tion. She has taught kin­der­garten for 11 years, the last eight of those at Church Hill Ele­men­tary. In­spir­ing stu­dents in and out of the class­room, Forte is also a hospi­tal teacher and T-ball co-coach.

The seven fi­nal­ists were se­lected by a panel of judges from key Mary­land ed­u­ca­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing prin­ci­pals, teach­ers, school boards, teacher unions, par­ents and higher ed­u­ca­tion. Fi­nal­ists were mea­sured against a rig­or­ous set of na­tional cri­te­ria that in­clude teach­ing phi­los­o­phy and re­sults, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, knowl­edge of gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion is­sues, and sug­ges­tions for pro­fes­sional and in­struc­tional im­prove­ment.

The 2016-2017 Mary­land Teacher of the Year will be an­nounced dur­ing a gala re­cep­tion and din­ner at Martin’s West in Baltimore on Oct. 7. The win­ner will re­ceive cash awards, tech­nol­ogy equip­ment, na­tional travel op­por­tu­ni­ties and a new car val­ued at more than $25,000, do­nated by the Mary­land Au­to­mo­bile Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

GENEVA HAR­RI­SON

From left, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Janet Pauls, Teacher of the Year state finalist Ta­mara Forte, kin­der­garten teacher at Church Hill Ele­men­tary; Queen Anne’s In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Pilewski; and Church Hill Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Jackie Wil­helm.

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