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Maryland State Education Association donates books to Higdon for Read Across America  

Theresa Mitchell Dudley, vice president of the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), recently visited Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, as part of MSEA’s Read Across America’s campaign to donate 20 diverse and engaging books to school libraries across the state to encourage reading among children and teens.

Dudley was joined by Sean Heyl, president of the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and Dedra Van Gelder, content specialist for library media for Charles County Public Schools who also read to and played the ukulele with Higdon chorus students prior to Dudley’s visit.

Dudley, who started her career in education as a substitute teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools before becoming an elementary and middle school teacher eventually leading to her becoming active in teachers’ unions, told Amy Segars’ students she was once a fourth-grade student with ADHD who had a tumultuous home life.

Her parents had their own issues and if it wasn’t for teachers who took her under their wings and saw something in her and fostered her gifts and intelligence, she doesn’t know where she might have ended up.

Dudley read “What’s Your Name,” written and illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia and reminded students that their name was an important part of who they are.

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