Op­ti­mists show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for teach­ers

Club hosts in­au­gu­ral ban­quet

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

At the heel of Calvert County’s teacher ap­pre­ci­a­tion week Mon­day even­ing, the Op­ti­mist Clubs of Calvert-Prince Fred­er­ick and Solomons held their in­au­gu­ral teacher ap­pre­ci­a­tion week ban­quet to rec­og­nize Calvert County ed­u­ca­tors for the de­mand­ing work they do.

The county com­mis­sion­ers pre­sented a procla­ma­tion at their Aug. 29 board meet­ing where they de­clared Sept. 4 to 11 teacher ap­pre­ci­a­tion week. The Op­ti­mist Clubs of Calvert-Prince Fred­er­ick and Solomons used the week to host an in­au­gu­ral ban­quet in the Tom Wis­ner Hall of Kings Land­ing Park in Hunt­ing­town to honor some of the county’s best teach­ers.

Pres­i­dent of the Prince Fred­er­ick club, Bob Young, wel­comed at­ten­dees to the ban­quet and thanked ev­ery­one for com­ing out. The 2017 Teacher of the Year from each Calvert County pub­lic school was in­vited to the ban­quet as an hon­oree.

“We’re try­ing to call aware­ness to the good work you do and this is one of the ways we would like to do that. As friends of the youth, we value and ap­pre­ci­ate the work that you do,” Young said, in­di­cat­ing he spent 33 years teach­ing high school and men­tor­ing new teach­ers.

Young con­tin­ued on to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween teach­ing and learn­ing, as they don’t al­ways equate. He ex­plained that the teach­ers in at­ten­dance for the ban­quet have shown they know how to teach in a way that stu­dents learn and re­tain what they were taught.

“As a teacher, you do not fill buck­ets; you light fires. As a teacher, you turn mir­rors into win­dows for ten­ants. That’s what you do. As a teacher, you have skills to ed­u­cate chil­dren so that ed­u­ca­tion is all that sur­vives af­ter the chil­dren for­get ev­ery­thing you taught them. Think about that. You’re teach­ing prob­lem solv­ing and in­spir­ing young peo­ple to do good things with their lives,” he told teach­ers, adding that teach­ers do more than teach facts — they in­spire learn­ing.

Re­fer­ring to his early years teach­ing, Young said teach­ers many times do not get to see the end prod­uct of a stu­dent they taught in an early grade. Young re­ferred to var­i­ous stu­dents — some of whom cur­rently teach in the county — he taught over the years.

Af­ter Young’s state­ments, Ron Humphreys, mem­ber of the Solomons club, and Jack Brown, cur­rent vice pres­i­dent and in­com­ing pres­i­dent of the Prince Fred­er­ick club, called hon­orees to the front one by one to present them with a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. At the end of the pro­gram, Mary­land South Delaware Zone 3 Lt. Gov. for Op­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional Tom Par­ran led the recita­tion of the Op­ti­mist creed.

Young con­firmed the club is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this ban­quet for fu­ture years to show its ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the county’s teach­ers.

STAFF PHOTOS BY AN­DREW CEPHAS

The teacher of the year from each Calvert County pub­lic school was hon­ored Mon­day even­ing dur­ing the Opt­mist Clubs of Calvert-Prince Fred­er­ick and Solomons in­au­gu­ral teacher ap­pre­ci­a­tion week ban­quet. Vice pres­i­dent of the Prince Fred­er­ick club Jack Brown, far right, and Ron Humphreys of the Solomons club pose with the hon­orees for a photo. The event was held in the Tom Wis­ner Hall at Kings Land­ing Park in Hunt­ing­town.

Calvert County 2017 Teacher of the Year Kelly Raby, Windy Hill El­e­men­tary School ELL teacher, was one of many ed­u­ca­tors hon­ored at the Op­ti­mist Clubs of Calvert’s in­au­gu­ral teacher ap­pre­ci­a­tion week ban­quet on Mon­day even­ing. Here she is pic­tured with Ron Humphreys of the Solomons club and vice pres­i­dent of the Prince Fred­er­ick club Jack Brown.

Amanda Tyn­dall, English/Lan­guage Arts teacher for Calvert Mid­dle School, was one of many Calvert teach­ers hon­ored by the Op­ti­mist Clubs of Calvert-Prince Fred­er­ick and Solomons. Here she is pic­tured with Ron Humphreys of the Solomons club and Jack Brown of the Prince Fred­er­ick club.

Kris­ten Rat­cliff, 2017 teacher of the year for Calvert High School, and her daugh­ter pose for a photo with Ron Humphreys and Jack Brown of the Solomons and Prince Fred­er­ick clubs of the Op­ti­mist Clubs of Calvert at the in­au­gu­ral teacher ap­pre­ci­a­tion week ban­quet Sept. 11 at Kings Land­ing Park.

Ron Humphreys, of the Op­ti­mist Clubs of Calvert-Solomons, con­verses with Vic­to­ria Karol, di­rec­tor of strate­gic part­ner­ships and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment for Calvert County Pub­lic Schools, at the in­au­gu­ral teacher ap­pre­ci­a­tion week ban­quet held Mon­day even­ing.

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