Teachers make a difference

Published: April 24, 2007 | 6059th good news item since 2003

Students and staff of Pocomoke Middle School are this week celebrating the success of one of their own as the county’s 2007 Teacher of the Year.

Tamara Krauch, who has been teaching visual arts at the school for the past six years, was honored as the county’s top educator Friday at a packed Teacher of the Year banquet at the Clarion Resort hotel in Ocean City.

As a visibly emotional Krauch took in what her predecessor and Maryland Teacher of Year Michelle Hammond promised would be a life-changing honor announced by board of education president Garry Mumford, family, friends and guests at the banquet cheered.

Krauch is an enthusiastic and energetic instructor and mentor, providing her students with more than just an opportunity to draw pictures or sculpt a clay pot.

She uses the hands-on nature of producing artwork to serve up an experience that ties the creative process to math, history, society and culture. More importantly, her approach helps foster in students a positive attitude toward school and education.

“Every child is like an uncut diamond and our job is to make it shine,” Krauch told the gathering.

Krauch is the visible symbol of the dedication and commitment to education of not only the 14 teachers who were this year’s candidates for the Teacher of the Year award, but all educators in the county.

The other teacher of the year candidates for this year were: Karen Benson of Stephen Decatur High, Stephen Boyd of Snow Hill High, Lisa Brady of Ocean City Elementary, Virginia Bullis of Snow Hill Elementary, Stephanie Caceres of Snow Hill Middle, Brenda Carney of Buckingham Elementary, Janet Corbin of Pocomoke Elementary, Jennette Mears of Showell Elementary, Christopher Miles of Pocomoke High, Victoria Radford of Cedar Chapel Special, Doug Romano of Stephen Decatur Middle, Lori Romano of Berlin Intermediate and Rachel Watson of Worcester Career and Technology Center.

“We have a terrific, fantastic, wonderful school system because of the people in this room,” Superintendent Jon Andes said at Friday’s celebration.

“These educators are absolutely fabulous and they teach each and every day to improve the lives of our students,” he said.

We agree and salute Krauch and all the teachers in Worcester County.

Our educators are often the unsung heroes in a child’s life, ambitiously, yet quietly, making a difference.

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