Cham­ber rec­og­nizes Moore for teach­ing honors

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­

GRASONVILLE — The Cham­ber of Com­merce rec­og­nized Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year Rhonda Moore and wel­comed new teach­ers at its monthly mixer Wed­nes­day, Sept. 19, where she re­ceived a plethora of gifts and ci­ta­tions.

Moore, a first-grade teacher at Mat­a­peake Ele­men­tary with 23 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, was among five fi­nal­ists nar­rowed from a field of 40 ed­u­ca­tors nom­i­nated. The process in­cludes a nom­i­na­tion and a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion and es­say, fol­lowed by an in­ter­view in front of an 11-per­son com­mit­tee of com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Eva Stoops, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Queen Anne’s County Cham­ber of Com­merce and board mem­ber for Ch­e­sa­peake En­vi­ron­men­tal Lab served as the em­cee not­ing the im­por­tance of the com­mu­nity ef­fort in ed­u­ca­tion.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing and I can go back to my school and show that teach­ers re­ally are ap­pre­ci­ated,” Moore said. “I al­ways loved learn­ing and al­ways felt safe at school. So as a teacher, that’s my first pri­or­ity make stu­dents feel like that. I want them to be ex­cited and en­gaged and to like com­ing to school. That’s why I love teach­ing first grade, be­cause you need to in­still that early.”

For 19 years, Moore has worked in Queen Anne’s County and pre­vi­ous to that, she earned a Mas­ter’s De­gree in Cur­ricu­lum from McDaniel Col­lege and a Bach­e­lor’s of Sci­ence De­gree in Early Child­hood and Ele­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion from Clar­ion Univer­sity.

Ad­di­tion­ally, she has served as a First Grade Team Leader and a mem­ber of the School Im­prove­ment Team. She has worked in cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment for both math and read­ing. She will be in­vited to rep­re­sent the county at work­shops and events through­out the year.

“When a teacher is with their stu­dents, that’s only a tenth of their job. The data anal­y­sis and the re­search that goes into a les­son plan is also im­por­tant. Teach­ers put so much ef­fort into what they do and oth­ers out­side the pro­fes­sion don’t of­ten see that,” Moore said.

The event in­cluded a pre­sen­ta­tion of gifts to Moore that in­cluded to a num­ber of items for the her class­room and even for her hob­bies, such as scrap­book­ing. Also on hand were a num­ber of dig­ni­taries from the state and county to give Moore of­fi­cial ci­ta­tions of merit for her achieve­ment.

“We rec­og­nize that this is all about com­mu­nity,” said Dr. An­drea Kane, su­per­in­ten­dent of Queen Anne’s County Schools. “We don’t know what the fu­ture is go­ing to look like, but we know do know we need stu­dents who are prob­lem solvers and crit­i­cal thinkers who can work to­gether. Rhonda Moore and all our new teach­ers ex­em­plify teach­ing that.”

State Sen­a­tor Steve Her­shey, R-36, echoed her sen­ti­ments not­ing hon­or­ing teach­ers was among the high­est honors be­stowed by the State House.

“It is one of the high­est honors we have and within our dis­trict, we have four dif­fer­ent coun­ties. We get to present this four dif­fer­ent times to four very de­serv­ing teach­ers every year. Our sin­cer­est con­grat­u­la­tions go out to Rhonda Moore,” said Her­shey.

County Com­mis­sion­ers Jack Wil­son and Jim Mo­ran were on hand to give Moore a cer­tifi­cate of merit cit­ing her con­tin­ued work to keep the county a much lauded area for early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion.

“What I have found in this com­mu­nity is the amount of char­ity and how we pick each other up. It’s a tremen­dous and proud moment to be a com­mis­sioner of this county, and it’s a plea­sure to travel and say I’m from Queen Anne’s County. Our schools sys­tem does more with much less,” said Wil­son.

Dis­trict 36 Del­e­gate Jay Ja­cobs, left, and Dis­trict 36 Del­e­gate Steven Arentz, cen­ter, give Teacher of the Year Rhonda Moore for­mal recog­ni­tion for her award at Har­ris Crab House.

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