SMECO honors six teachers for excellence in math, science

SMECO honors six teachers for excellence in math, science

Six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers were recently honored by the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) for their accomplishments in the area of mathematics and science teaching.

Honored as Outstanding Mathematics Teachers of the Year were Kelly Craft, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Caitlin Sinclair, Piccowaxen Middle School; and Rachel Frisbee, Maurice J. McDonough High School.

Honored as Outstanding Science Teachers of the Year were Sharon Hedrick, Mary B. Neal Elementary School; Alexandria Bumb, Milton M. Somers Middle School; and Charles Newcomb, Westlake High School.

Craft is a fourth-grade teacher and works with her students on lessons in mathematics, reading, literacy and social studies. She was nominated for her dedication to making learning about math exciting for her students. Craft has been teaching at Martin for the past seven years and also taught at J.C. Parks Elementary School. She is the fourth-grade team leader at Martin and has served as a math master teacher for the Educator Effectiveness Academy with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Craft has also presented at several professional development sessions for CCPS teachers, helped write curriculum and served as a member of a lesson review team with MSDE.

Sinclair teaches grade-level math and also works with students in advanced math classes. She has been teaching at Piccowaxen, and with Charles County Public Schools, for the past seven years. Sinclair is a sixth-grade team leader and coaches the girls’ volleyball team at Piccowaxen. She also serves as captain for the school’s Relay for Life team and coordinates fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society.

Frisbee has been teaching math at McDonough for the past four years and works with students in grades 9-12. She primarily teaches geometry and is the STARS – Scholars Targeting Academic Rigor With Success – program sponsor. Frisbee also teaches the STARS elective class and is the co-chair of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program at McDonough. Additionally, Frisbee is a member of the McDonough Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO), STEM Innovation Initiative and AVID teams, and sponsors the school’s Divine Ladies organization. She is also part of the geometry Common Core writing team and piloted the curriculum in her classroom.

Hedrick has been teaching science at Neal since the school opened in 2008. She teaches elementary science to students in grades kindergarten through third, and has also served as a classroom teacher. Hedrick has been a teacher with Charles County Public Schools for the past 26 years and also taught at Mary H. Matula and Indian Head elementary schools. Additionally, Hedrick has helped write science curriculum, served as a STEM and MESA advisor and has led science-related professional development sessions.

Bumb has been teaching with Charles County Public Schools and at Somers for the past six years. During her time at Somers, she has taught eighth grade physical science. Bumb is also the PBIS leader at Somers, which has been recognized for their program efforts with gold level awards from MSDE. Bumb is also the chess club sponsor at Somers and coordinates practice sessions and matches for student members. Additionally, she attends professional development sessions and has helped write curriculum for eighth grade science.

Newcomb has been teaching with Charles County Public Schools at Westlake for the past 13 years. He teaches several science classes including Earth science, astronomy and Advanced Placement (AP) environmental science. Newcomb leads the Green School program at Westlake and serves as the co-coordinator of the recycling program. Additionally, he is also a Space Foundation teacher liaison.

The teachers were nominated for the award by staff, students and parents. Each was chosen for their outstanding performance in the areas of creativity, rapport with students, enthusiasm for teaching, professionalism and innovative teaching methods. They were honored by SMECO April 2 during a ceremony.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.



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