Mac­neal named Teacher of Year

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Gre­gory Pilewski an­nounced Mar­sha Mac­neal as the 2017-2018 Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year at the 13th an­nual Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools Awards Gala on Fri­day, April 7 at Prospect Bay.

The fi­nal­ists were se­lected by a panel of judges rep­re­sent­ing in­struc­tional su­per vi­sors, teacher spe­cial­ists, Queen Anne’s County Cham­ber of the Com­merce mem­bers, par­ents, com­mu­nity mem­bers, vol­un­teers, busi­ness lead­ers, and teacher union mem­bers. Fi­nal­ists were mea­sured against a rig­or­ous set of cri­te­ria that

in­cluded teach­ing phi­los­o­phy, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, knowl­edge of gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion is­sues, and sug­ges­tions for im­prove­ment.

The Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year re­ceives cash awards from com­mu­nity spon­sors, a new car from Eas­ton Her­trich Ford, and a full year of events and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment with the State Teacher of the Year Pro­gram. The win­ner will also spend the next year as a spokesman and ad­vo­cate for Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools.

Mac­neal grad­u­ated from West Vir­ginia Univer­sity in 1997 with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in El­e­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion. In 2005, she earned her Mas­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree in Cur­ricu­lum and In­struc­tion from Loy­ola Col­lege. In 2015, she com­pleted a rig­or­ous, per­for­mance-based, two-year process to earn Na­tional Board Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Math­e­mat­ics. She be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in Bal­ti­more County and has been shar­ing her love of math with stu­dents for 20 years.

Nu­mer­ous vis­its to fam­ily liv­ing on the East­ern Shore and the beauty of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay prompted a move to Queen Anne’s County. In the 11 years Mac­neal has been at Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School, she has served as math spe­cial­ist and taught 8th grade math, al­ge­bra, al­ge­bra 2 and ge­om­e­try. She is a mem­ber of the School Im­prove­ment Team, has men­tored Wash­ing­ton Col­lege PDS interns, was ac­tive on the Teacher Eval­u­a­tion Task Force, has par­tic­i­pated in Sum­mer Math Cur­ricu­lum Work­shops, and was a 2016 QACPS Teacher of the Year Fi­nal­ist.

Mac­neal said she en­joys ex­tend­ing stu­dents’ math­e­mat­ics learn­ing beyond the class­room by hav­ing all of her stu­dents an­nu­ally par­tic­i­pate in the Bowie Baysox Pi Day Com­pe­ti­tion, as well as lead­ing a group of stu­dents in help­ing pa­tients at St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Math-a-Thon.

Mac­neal said she be­lieves that a class­room at­mos­phere of en­cour­age­ment, pos­i­tiv­ity and re­spect fos­ters stu­dent mo­ti­va­tion and en­gage­ment, and leads to the ul­ti­mate ob­tain­able goal of achieve­ment in math for all stu­dents.

As a math­e­mat­ics ed­u­ca­tor, Mac­neal has in­spired many stu­dents at Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School, mak­ing her a great can­di­date for State Teacher of the Year, said Brad En­gel, su­per­vi­sor of Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices, 2005 Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year and 2006 Mary­land State Teacher of the Year.

Mac­neal thanked her fam­ily for their love and sup­port in all of life’s ad­ven­tures, as well as her school fam­ily who, she said, makes CMS a fun and won­der­ful place to work.

Mac­neal’s hus­band is Sean Mac­neal. To­gether, with their en­er­getic choco­late labs, Hunter and Fisher, they en­joy boat­ing, fish­ing, and re­lax­ing at the beach.

Mac­neal will go on to com­pete for the Mary­land State Teacher of the Year Award that is to be an­nounced at the state gala in Oc­to­ber 2017.

PHOTO BY GENEVEA HAR­RI­SON

From left, Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Vice Pres­i­dent An­nette DiMag­gio, Board mem­bers Bev­erly Kelly and Sharyn Har­low, Teacher of the Year Mar­sha Mac­neal, Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School Prin­ci­pal Sue Stein, for­mer CMS prin­ci­pal and Queen Anne’s County High School Prin­ci­pal Amy Hu­dock and In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Pilewski.

PHOTO BY GENEVA HAR­RI­SON

Mar­sha Mac­neal, math spe­cial­ist at Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School, is the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year for Queen Anne’s County.

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