Centreville, Maryland (April 12, 2017) – On April 7, 2017, talented staff, teachers, and community members gathered to honor the recipients of the QACPS Awards and Teacher of the Year Finalists.
The event took place at Prospect Bay for the seventh year in a row at 5:30 p.m. The event included a social hour, delicious meal, and awards ceremony. Former QACPS Teachers of the Year Brad Engel and Janet Pauls were the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. County Commissioner Robert Buckey, Jr. joined QACPS to show his support for the school system employees.
Marsha Macneal, Math Teacher from Centreville Middle School, was named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. She competed again four other finalists; Maria Sage, Art Teacher from Kent Island Elementary School, John Dewey, Language Art Teacher from Centreville Middle School, Jennifer Burchill, World Language Teacher from Stevensville Middle School, and Rondell Sorrell, Math Teacher from Stevensville Middle School. Macneal will now move on to compete for Maryland State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at the State Gala in October 2017.
The Annual Outstanding Achievement Award Winners are as follows:
Without the support of our sponsors, this event would not be possible. There generous donated are award to all of our winners. Together, QACPS and its sponsors are proud to honor and recognize the hard working staff that is committed to the success of all students in Queen Anne’s County. The Awards Gala sponsors are as follows:
· Gold Sponsors: Kent Island American Legion, Soistman Family Dentistry, Prospect Bay County Club, Queenstown Bank, DiDonato Property, Easton Hertrich Ford, Sullivan Financial, Bayview Investment
· Silver Sponsors: Chesapeake Environmental Lab, FitnessRX, Ledo’s Pizza, All American Awards, Docs Riverside Grille, Johnson Controls, Kent Island Elks Lodge, Kent Island Cruisers, Kentmorr Restaurant
· Bronze Sponsors: Midshore Community Partnership, The ARC Central Chesapeake Region, Shore United, Sodexo, Peace of Cake, Kent Island Martial Arts
· Supporting Partners: The Narrows Restaurant, The Winery, APG Media of Chesapeake, R&D Electric
Interim Superintendent Gregory Pilewski and Board Members Annette DiMaggio (Vice President), Capt. Beverley Kelley and Sharyn Harlow take this time to recognize awards recipients along with showing their gratitude and appreciation for the great staff they have in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.
Centreville Middle School Math Teacher Moves on to Compete as Maryland State Teacher of the Year.
Centreville, Maryland (April 12, 2017) –Interim Superintendent of Schools Mr. Gregory Pilewski announced Marsha MacNeal as the 2017-2018 Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year at the 13th Annual QACPS Awards Gala.
“Marsha Macneal will be an excellent representative of our school system. Marsha is a tremendous mathematics educator and she has inspired many students for many years at Centreville Middle School making her a great candidate for State Teacher of the Year” states Brad Engel, Supervisor of Student Support Services, 2005 Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year and 2006 Maryland State Teacher of the Year.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges from Queen Anne’s County and Queen Anne’s County Public Schools representing instructional supervisors, teacher specialists, QAC 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 spend the next year as a spokesman and advocate for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.
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.
Marsha 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. Marsha 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 Marsha has been at Centreville Middle School, she served as Math Specialist and has 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. Marsha 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. Marsha 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. Marsha thanks her family for their continual love and support in all of life’s adventures. She is grateful for her school family who makes CMS a fun and wonderful place to work. Marsha is married to Sean Macneal. Together, with their energetic chocolate labs, Hunter and Fisher, they enjoy boating, fishing, and relaxing at the beach.