Optimists show appreciation for teachers
Club hosts inaugural banquet
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.
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.