Chamber recognizes Moore for teaching honors
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.