Release Date: 5/14/2009
Contact: Bana Miller

Educators honored at Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence in Education ceremony

TOWSON, MD. (May 14, 2009) - The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce honored more than 200 Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) teachers and presented 11 educators with its annual Awards for Excellence in Education at a May 11 ceremony at Martin's West.

The selected winners, in area and level categories, were chosen from among 213 honorees who were nominated over several months by students, principals, colleagues, parents, and community members. The nominees represented 75 BCPS schools.

Among the level winners were Darrell Wheeler of Perry Hall High School, Marissa Spears of Perry Hall Middle School, Tiffany Grimshaw of Hillcrest Elementary School, Stewart Emmerich of Vincent Farm Elementary School, and Barbara MacFarlane of Harford Hills Elementary School.

Michael Allman of Riderwood Elementary School in Towson, Amy DeNike of Kingsville Elementary School in Kingsville, Jason Peckham of Hernwood Elementary School in Randallstown, Tim Whiting of Seneca Elementary School in Bowleys Quarters, and Paula Schwab of Woodbridge Elementary School in Woodlawn were the winners in the five geographical categories.

In addition to the awards for teachers in each of the county's five geographic areas and those recognizing each of five grade or teaching levels, one educator was named the recipient of an award from the Berenbach Education Incentives Fund, which was launched in 2004 and recognizes instructors serving in selected Baltimore County schools. The winner of the Berenbach Award was Doris "Chris" Potter of Lansdowne Elementary School.

The keynote speaker for the event was June Streckfus, executive director of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston also presented remarks at the event.

The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence in Education is among the most visible and longest-running programs honoring Baltimore County educators. It continues to demonstrate the strong partnership between the county's business community and school system.

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