Tag: Teacher of the Year

Sara Duran is Named Centennial’s 2019 Teacher of the Year

Words: Javiera Diaz-Ortiz

Photos: Zach Grable

This morning, Teacher-of-the-Year nominees, along with seniors selected by them, gathered in the staff lounge for the first ever Teacher-of-the-Year Breakfast. At the breakfast, English teacher Sara Duran was named Centennial’s Teacher of the Year for 2019.

Following the announcement, Duran gladly accepted her award and flowers with a smile.

“I feel honored,” said Duran. “I was in shock, and I’m really thankful for the seniors who voted for me.”

Duran is in her seventh year of teaching at Centennial. She has also been the sponsor for Centennial’s National Honor Society, and she is currently an SAT coordinator. Being a multi-level English teacher has allowed Duran to watch some of the seniors grow.

“I do think that this is a phenomenal group of students, and they’re unlike any other class that I’ve taught before them,” Duran claimed. “So, it’s an extra special honor not to just be there as they graduate, but also to be part of their moving-on to the next step of their lives. And I know that they will all be really successful in whatever they do.”

Nominees present at the breakfast expressed their praise for Duran.

“[Duran] is a great person and a great teacher, and I’m happy for her. She’s so deserving,” said teacher of the year nominee Lauren Mancini.

Leading up to her win, Duran overcame some challenges, as all teachers do. She says that she has had to find a balance between rigor and fun, both for her students, and for herself as a teacher.

“That’s something that for me, took a little while to figure out, and weirdly, last year was the year that I was able to get that together,” said Duran.

With her title as Teacher of the Year, Duran will give a speech at graduation this May.

“It’s definitely a privilege, an honor, with this class especially.”

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Sharbaugh Accepts Teacher of the Year Award at Board of Education

Words and photos: Sarah Kruhm

On Tuesday, April 24, the Board of Education of Howard County hosted students and teachers of the county’s 13 public high schools to celebrate those chosen to be Senior Teachers of the Year 2018.

Those invited included: the teachers chosen, principals, and students who voted for them. The ceremony consisted of a few words from superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano and the presentation of certificates to the Teachers of the Year.

Each school created a video to express their affection towards the nominated teacher, and shared their reasons for choosing said teacher. For Centennial High School, John Sharbaugh was voted Teacher of the Year, and was accompanied by principal Claire Hafets, teacher Michelle Van Gieson, and four of his previous students: Megan Daugherty, Victoria Chiu, Sarah Kruhm, and Mary Grace Lambert.

Wilde Lake High School posthumously nominated Laura Wallen, a teacher who passed away in September, as their Teacher of the Year. Her parents were present to accept her award, and many wore stickers with her initials to honor her memory.

 


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Sharbaugh Wins Teacher of the Year for First Time

Words: Meghan Moore

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

On February 14, Centennial seniors showed their love for their 2018 teacher of the year: John Sharbaugh. Sharbaugh teaches ninth grade English, and he came to Centennial when this year’s seniors were freshmen.

Voting began in senior English classes during the last week of January. The award is very meaningful to teachers, as it’s proof that they’ve made an impact on the lives of their students. It symbolizes the relationship that a teacher has built with their students over the years.

Walking through the English hallway at Centennial, one can see how Sharbaugh interacts with the students. He can be seen joking with students, making people laugh no matter what.

When Sharbaugh was revealed to be the winner, a student government member read some of the things students said when voting for him. They mentioned how he changed the way students viewed English and that he made writing fun.

“His class was never boring, I never dreaded going to his class,” senior Saraiah Khaled shared.

As Teacher of the Year, Sharbaugh will be the keynote speaker at graduation in May. Congratulations to Sharbaugh from the Wingspan team.

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Mr. Whitaker Wins Teacher of the Year!

Words: Abby Vall

Photos: Jeremy Hall

The senior votes for Teacher of the Year were finalized and the administration, SGA, and student reporters gathered to congratulate Mr. Whitaker for receiving the Teacher of The Year Award on January 8, 2017.

Ms. Hafets led the entourage to Whitaker’s room as students followed with a sign, balloons, flowers, and a cookie cake congratulating him on his hard work and dedication to Centennial High School.

Whitaker humbly accepted his gifts and said, “You’re only as good as the people and students you work with.”

Congratulations to Mr. Whitaker for being voted Teacher of the Year!

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Centennial’s Teacher of the Year: Holly Pasciullo

Words: Miranda Mason

Photos: Martha Hutzell

Congratulations to Holly Pasciullo, who was announced as this years Teacher of the Year after seniors at Centennial voted over the past couple days. During third period, administrators, staff, and students surprised her with cake, balloons, and flowers showing their appreciation. Pasciullo was overcome with emotion, “I am so overwhelmed at this moment. As an English teacher, I’m out of words at this moment.”

“When you first walk into her classroom you can see how passionate she is, and she infuses that passion in to her students,” said senior Jessica Qiu.