Talbot Announces 2019 Teacher and Support Staff of the Year Finalists

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Each year, Talbot County Public Schools honors teachers and support staff through the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year Program. This provides the opportunity to recognize outstanding educators who have innovative ideas, focus positive attention on education, and demonstrate superior commitment to students.

Any member of the community may nominate teachers or support staff for these prestigious awards. Four finalists have been selected from the nominations for both Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year. TCPS is pleased to recognize these outstanding educators.

Top: Lynn Aleman and Kevin Carroll. Bottom: Christopher Flaherty and Caitlin McKee.

Teacher of the Year Finalists:

Lynn Aleman teaches fourth grade and ESOL at Easton Elementary – Moton. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Salisbury University in 2006 and a Master of Arts-ESOL for Pre-K – 12 in 2011, also from Salisbury. She has been a member of the TCPS Team since 2006.

Kevin Carroll teaches Special Education at Easton High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education K-12 from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Arts in English (TESOL) in 2018. He began his career with TCPS as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education in 2008.

Christopher Flaherty is an Instrumental Music Teacher and Band Director at St. Michaels Middle High School. He received a Bachelor of Music from Catholic University in 2003 and a Master of Music from Arizona State University in 2007. He has an Advanced Professional Certificate in PreK-12 Music Education. He began his teaching career in Arizona in 2007 and joined Talbot County Public Schools in 2014.

Caitlin McKee is a Special Education Teacher for students in grades PreK-1st at Easton Elementary – Dobson. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Unified Elementary and Special Education from Juniata College in 2006 and a Master of Science in Special Education from Drexel University in 2015. She holds Advanced Professional Certifications in Elementary Education and Special Education, and has been a Special Education teacher for Talbot County Public Schools since 2011.

Top: Anne McCauley and Jennifer Miller. Bottom: Quanesha Miller and Sindy Reyes.

Support Staff of the Year Finalists:

Anne McCauley is a Behavior Counselor, providing school-based mental health services for TCPS students. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University. She began her career with Talbot County Public Schools in 2010.

Jennifer Miller is a Senior Computer Technician, responsible for the implementation and management of TCPS student information systems. She holds an Associates of Applied Science from Chesapeake College and is a graduate of St. Michaels High School. She began serving Talbot County students as a school secretary in 1992.

Quanesha Miller is an Instructional Assistant for English Language Learners at Easton Elementary – Moton. She is a graduate of Easton High School and has attended Chesapeake College and Coppin State University. She joined TCPS as a substitute teacher in 2016.

Sindy Reyes is an English as a Second Language Instructional Assistant at Easton Elementary – Dobson. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Colegio Ana Geurra de Jesus, El Salvador and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of El Salvador. She has also earned an Associate of Arts from Chesapeake College. She has worked for Talbot County Public Schools since 2001.

“We received many thoughtful nominations for this year’s Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year Awards,” explained Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “The heartfelt testimonies show the dedication of our amazing TCPS team members.”

The 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the year winners will be announced at the annual celebration on April 11, 2019.

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