Even in a small community like Talbot County, it’s sometimes easy to think of our public school teachers as a large group rather than individuals. Amid the COVID crisis or with debates about funding for education, there is an instinct to lump them together. Still, by doing so, we lose sight of the extraordinary gifts and commitment these unique human beings bring into their classrooms and the lifelong impact on the children they teach.
The Spy met one of those special people last week. Charlene Caldwell DeShields has been teaching in the Talbot County Public Schools for forty-three years. The daughter of another TCPS teacher, Charlene, has carried on that tradition even though she could have quietly retired many years ago. And the sense of commitment has not waivered during the coronavirus crisis when it would have been an opportune time to call it quits rather than face the frustrations and complexity of online learning.
But more than her dedication to education, it’s clear from her interview with us that DeShields brings to her job a love of her students that reinforces how lucky our community is to have someone who unconditionally has committed herself for more than four decades to the life of Talbot County and its families.
We are fortunate, indeed.
This video is approximately six minutes in length.