Kathleen Reineke selected as teacher of the year

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Kathleen Reineke selected as teacher of the year

Leonardtown, MD - 4/29/2014

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By Press Release, St. Mary's County Public Schools

Kathleen Reineke
Kathleen Reineke

St. Mary’s County Public Schools announces the selection of Ms. Kathleen Reineke, an Instructional Resource Teacher at Oakville Elementary School, as its 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year.

“Ms. Reineke is an asset to our school system. She has an innate ability to communicate and connect with her students in order to overcome challenges and provide enrichment where needed,” said Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Schools. “She is well-respected and an outstanding educator.”

In her letter of support, an Oakville Elementary School parent wrote, “It is obvious through Ms. Reineke’s excellent knowledge, skills, and ability to teach effectively that she continues to keep herself educated and informed about the latest teaching styles.  She teaches her students new ways to overcome challenges in a positive manner.  I believe that the really great educators are the ones who have a true love for the profession and I believe that Ms. Reineke has a true love of teaching…she is an asset to education and children.”

Ms. Reineke is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Winona State University, her Teacher Certification from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master of Education in Reading from Towson University. 

All county Teacher of the Year representatives will be honored by the Maryland State Board of Education at a recognition luncheon held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Baltimore.  Ms. Reineke will represent St. Mary’s County as a candidate for Maryland Teacher of the Year.  This award will be announced at the Maryland Teacher of the Year Gala in Baltimore on October 10, 2014.

The Maryland Teacher of Year will be presented with several prizes, will speak at numerous conferences and events, and will act as an advisor to the Maryland State Department of Education.  The Maryland Teacher of the Year is also a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.

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