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12/31/2018

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12/31/2018

Happy New Year! As I reflect on this past year, I can honestly smile at all of the experiences and wonderful people that I have met in 2018. In December, I returned to my hometown of Washington, DC to visit the White House with the other 23 Maryland Teachers of the Year--or so I thought. Despite leaving Harford County almost 2 hours in advance of the tour time, I arrived 3 hours and 15 minutes after leaving. I was disappointed that I did not get to visit the White House, but I spent the entire 3 hours driving down to the city with Kelly Manley, Management Associate at MSDE. Kelly is a Harford County resident who works diligently to ensure that all of the Maryland TOYs are aware of events, deadlines, etc. She is truly dedicated to her job, and she was great company on the long drive down. I was able to capture this shot with the Lego White House in the visitor center. It's not the real thing, but it was amazing, nonetheless. 





























Fortunately, we were able to meet up with the rest of the group to visit the White House Visitor Center and to enjoy a delicous lunch at the Avenue Grill. These TOYs are a special bunch, and we had a leisurely lunch while we caught up on events happening in our respective districts. Dr. Richard Warren (in front), the Maryland TOY, captured this shot of us after lunch. If you squint really hard, you can see me at the far end of the table on the left--LOL. 



We still have many more events, and I look forward to learning more about each and every one of them!













I ended this year with a much needed vacation cruise to the BAHAMAS! It was my first visit, and I was excited to enjoy a little bit of time away from work. On the second night of the cruise, I thought my eyes were deceiving me when thought I had spotted one of my 9th grade students. My husband and I were enjoying a brilliant comedy show in the Butterflies Lounge of the ship, so I wasn't sure whether I was delirious from all of the laughing. I simply had to go over and check it out. I was right! What a coincidence! He gave me a couple of big hugs and we talked about....you guessed it---BOOKS!  It was great to see him and his family.  I didn't see him anymore for the rest of the cruise, but the next night, I ran into another Harford County teacher from C. Milton Wright High School. One of the reasons that I love my job is that I get to meet so many people. I am excited to see what 2019 will bring and I'm ready to make it the best year ever!