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1/31/2019

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1/31/2019

On January 24, I participated in Annapolis TOY day to be recognized in the Maryland House and Senate. I arrived the night before, immediately running into Harford County Delegate Andrew Cassilly, who just so happened to be walking down the street. He had quickly spotted the Jones Junction Teacher of the Year car. He walked up to me, introduced himself, and escorted me to Historic Annapolis Inn to check in.  We chatted about his and his wife's teaching experiences, and he was amused when he noticed that I had a large bundle of papers to grade that night. It's true. I'm not sure about other teachers, but an English teacher's job never ends at 2:20 p.m. He could definitely relate.

















The Marylannd Inn (part of the Historic Annapolis Inn) was charming and comfortable, but I was a little creeped out that I didn't see any other people when I was checking in. Just in case, I placed a "security" chair in front of my door before I settled in for a little bit of grading and a lot of     snoozing. smiley  Needless to say, I was safe, sound, and well rested for the next day. 


















I enjoyed connecting, once again, with my fellow Maryland Teachers of the Year, but it was also special to meet Senators Gallion, Cassilly, and Jennings. I also met with Delegate Teresa Reilly, who shared with me her committee work to increase the number of school psychologists in Harford County Public Schools. I met Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, who represents my district, and I made sure to let her know that I voted for her even though she said, "It's okay if you didn't." wink 

Finally, I sat in on a portion of an  MSDE briefing in which State Superintendent Dr. Salmon shared some of the current recommendations on changes to standardized testing, increases to starting teacher salaries, expansion of preschool programs, etc. It was a rainy day, but a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Maryland and Harford County. It was clear to me and all of the other Teachers of the Year that Maryland knows how to honor its teachers. Our delegates and senators are working hard for us. I thank them for their dedication.