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by Kara Eppel, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

It’s almost summer, and for every Baltimore County elementary, middle, and high school student that means school’s out. Looking out of the window in June, kids cannot stop thinking about the warm weather, blue sky, and bright sun. Students fantasize about their upcoming summer plans, like attending camps, vacationing at Ocean City beaches and hanging out with friends. Captivated by their daydreams, these students sometimes forget about the person still trying to teach in the front of their classroom, the Baltimore County Public School teacher.

Teachers have impacted all of our lives. From teaching our elementary schoolers how to add and subtract, to educating high schoolers about the romance of Shakespeare, BCPS teachers have taught our newest generation much of what they know. BCPS teachers have stood by their students’ sides as they cried on the first day of kindergarten for “mommy and daddy to come back,” all the way to graduation when their grown students accepted their high school diplomas.

Elaine Coletta, a math teacher at Baltimore County Rosedale Center, says “Teaching is not just my profession, it’s my passion. Tailoring my teaching style and methods to enable a child to achieve at their best is what I love most about the career I chose.”

BCPS teachers also inspire their students.

I’m sure many people remember their favorite grade school teachers, and some even keep in touch. Personally, I am privileged to still visit my favorite high school teacher.

We don’t just remember these teachers because they taught us English, math, or history. We appreciate them because they fostered a relationship that impacted our education and helped shape us as individuals.

So students, please stop drumming your fingers, tapping your feet, and clicking your pens in an attempt to demonstrate your impatience for summer to begin. Before you leave school or before you pick up your kids that one last time, please thank your Baltimore County Public School teachers for their dedication and inspiration.  

Cherish the time you have left at school, because the connections you create and the knowledge you receive from your BCPS teachers can last you a lifetime.  


Kamenetz Remains Committed to Education as Important Priority

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz highlighted the County’s impressive showing in U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools ranking, with seven of the County’s high schools making the grade as some of the best in the United States.

Three Baltimore County high schools were awarded gold medals: Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Eastern Technical High School and Hereford High School; and four schools merited silver medals: Towson High, Western School of Technology, Dulaney High School and Loch Raven High School.  Of the top 20 ranked Maryland schools, almost one-third are in Baltimore County.

“I am immensely proud of the results we are seeing from County schools and this recognition just confirms the importance of our commitment to providing the best learning environments and facilitating academic success for all students,” said Kamenetz. “This critical support is evidenced by ongoing implementation of our $1.3 billion 10-year “Schools for Our Future” initiative, the largest single school construction program in the history of the state; enhanced use of innovative technology and increased graduation rates.”

 

U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were judged on a number of criteria including the results of state proficiency assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

 


Cites Success in Increasing Graduation Rates, Modernizing Schools

“In the last five years, we embarked upon a plan to build 16 new schools, 12 additions and multiple renovation projects,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "We have increased our graduation rates. African-American and White students now graduate at the same rate in the Baltimore County Public Schools. And we have brought 21st century technologies to the classroom. We look forward to the next chapter of success for our school system." 


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016