Alumna lauded for outstanding teaching

September 14, 2010

Susan Hottle-Schultz ’89, M.L.A. ’97 was recently honored with the Anne Arundel County History Teacher of the Year Award and the Patricia Behring High School History Day Teacher of the Year award.

“I was brought to tears…and also felt very honored to have been chosen,” said Hottle-Schultz of the awards bestowed by the Maryland Humanities Council on their annual Maryland History Day.

Hottle-Schultz grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J., and started her college education at Penn State University. She quickly realized that she wanted a closer-knit and smaller academic community.

“I researched several schools within my radius and felt a welcoming feeling when I entered the campus of Western Maryland College. The professors are friendly, encouraging, like to get to know you personally and even had me over to their homes for dinner,” she said.

She was especially impressed when she returned years later to what is now McDaniel College for her master’s degree, and the professors recognized her.

After graduation, she was a long-term substitute at Littlestown High School in Pennsylvania and spent several years working as a park ranger in Gettysburg at the National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historical Site.

Hottle-Schultz started teaching at St. Mary’s Elementary School when she moved to Annapolis, and soon after transferred to the high school, where she enjoys challenging her students in her Advanced Placement classes.

Her favorite teaching moments come when a past student or parent shares how her classes have helped them in their college careers.

“Just this week I received a note from a parent of a student I taught in eighth grade, about 19 years ago, congratulating me on my award, thanking me for making her daughter feel comfortable in a new school and extending her appreciation for all that I have instilled in the numerous students I have touched over the years,” she said.

“At Mary’s I enjoy the sense of community and family that exists within the school, much like the atmosphere I had at McDaniel.”

By Juliann Guiffre ’10