UMES to Host Maryland Teacher of the Year

  • Monday, November 12, 2007

    April ToddPRINCESS ANNE, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Education hosts Maryland's new Teacher of the Year, April Todd, on Wednesday, November 14, from 5-8 p.m. in the Richard A. Henson Center Ballroom.

    "This is such an important opportunity for our students to meet and interact with a local teacher who has been recognized at this level," said Dr. Karen Verbeke, UMES chair, professor and director of teacher education.  "Not only is Ms. Todd the first Maryland teacher of the year from Somerset County, but she is also a great source of inspiration.  Our faculty and students are happy to have the occasion to celebrate her accomplishments." 

    Todd will speak to UMES' professional education students and faculty during a Teacher of the Year Celebration and dinner.  The UMES Teacher Education Program was accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 2004. 

    UMES' teacher education program, which is responsible for graduating a number of teachers living and working in Maryland, has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for our nation's children.  As an NCATE-accredited school, the university meets rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public.  Teacher candidates demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the subject matter they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey it so that students learn.  In addition, the university carefully assesses acquired knowledge and skill to determine whether candidates are eligible to graduate.           

    Teacher education programs at UMES have been in existence since its founding in 1886.  The overarching goal is to develop culturally and ethnically sensitive instructional leaders who work to elevate the quality of schools and to improve achievement levels for all students, regardless of their environmental circumstances.

    Funding for this event is made possible through a grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  For more information about the UMES teacher education program, please call the Office of Public Relations at 410-651-6669. 

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    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.