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Educator of the Year Award Goes to Local Teacher

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In a surprise announcement made on Tuesday, Jan. 5, Ms. Anne Fogel, a special education teacher at Spring Ridge Middle School was honored and nationally recognized with the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year Award.

Pictured with Anne are Maureen Montgomery (Principal of Spring Ridge MS) and Dean Fogel (Anne’s husband).

Fogel was the Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland's nominee for the award and had no idea that she had been chosen to win the National Award. The Sam Kirk Educator of the Year award is given annually to an educator who has made outstanding contributions to the education of persons with learning disabilities. It is named in honor of the late Dr. Samuel A. Kirk, psychologist, educator, scholar, humanitarian, and pioneer in the field of learning disabilities.

“Anne Fogel is very deserving of this award and I am so proud of her,” said Dr. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools.  “She is caring, compassionate, dedicated, and hard working on behalf of each one of her students.”

Fogel joined St. Mary’s County Public Schools in 1976 as a teacher at Great Mills High School.  Shortly thereafter, she became part of the team that opened what was referred to as the “new” Leonardtown High School.

Her career then led her to Town Creek Elementary School, followed by her current assignment at Spring Ridge Middle School where she has taught for the past eight years.  Colleagues credit Fogel for having a “plethora of knowledge” and experience teaching at many levels, including college level courses.

Currently, she serves as the vice president of the Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary’s County, an organization she joined in 1987, and also served as the chapter’s librarian and secretary since that time.

Fogel will formally be recognized by the Learning Disabilities Association of America in February 2010 during the organization’s national conference in Baltimore.

Pictures for this story gratefully provided by Zina McGowan-Thomas, Public Information Officer, St. Mary's County Public Schools, Office of the Superintendent.

Pictured with Anne are Peggy Densford (president of the Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary’s County) , Maureen Montgomery (principal of Spring Ridge MS), and Dr. Michael J. Martirano (superintendent of schools).

 

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