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