June 23, 2017
Three of Maryland’s top teachers have ties to McDaniel College’s graduate programs in education.
Caroline County Teacher of the Year Jennifer L. Gunter and Calvert County Teacher of the Year Kelly M. Raby both received their master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, while Frederick County Teacher of the Year Karima Sharper is currently enrolled in the College’s Administrator I certificate program.
Caroline County Teacher of the Year Jennifer L. Gunter, a fifth-grade teacher at Greensboro Elementary School, was nominated for the Teacher of the Year award by her students.
She says that she is driven to help students overcome barriers that impact their learning and that the best part of her job is getting to know her students.
Gunter, who earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Wesley College, has taught for 20 years, the past 14 in Caroline County, where she has worked as a co-teacher for both special education inclusion and English Language Learners. She has also served on various school improvement teams, as well as a team leader, STEM coach and a cooperating teacher for future educators.
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Calvert County Teacher of the Year Kelly M. Raby earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College in 2007. She received both a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Great Falls in Montana, and also studied at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
A military spouse, she has taught in several states, as well as in Japan and Portugal, throughout her 22-year teaching career. For the past seven years, she has been an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher at Windy Hill Elementary School in Owings, Md. She is also involved with the Equity and Wellness clubs, as well as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Girls Gotta Run teams, at the school.
“I believe that all students can achieve,” said Raby. “In order for us to get the best of our students, we need to give the best of ourselves.”
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Frederick County Teacher of the Year Karima Sharper has taught in Frederick County Public Schools since 2003. She is currently enrolled in the Administrator I certificate program at McDaniel. Sharper holds bachelor’s degrees in both Special and Elementary Education from High Point University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.
A special education teacher at Centerville Elementary School for the past three years, she incorporates technology into lesson plans for her students as “today’s technology levels the playing field for special-needs students,” according to Sharper. She says that she works to make every student feel part of the classroom.
She has implemented reading-intervention programs and served on the school system’s elementary math intervention committee. She is also a member of the administrative leadership team and the special education leader team at the school.
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McDaniel has a tradition of producing top educators. Since 2010, three McDaniel alumnae have been named Maryland Teachers of the Year: Michelle Shearer, a 1996 graduate of McDaniel’s Deaf Education graduate program, was the 2010-11 Maryland Teacher of the Year and also the 2011 National Teacher of the Year; Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship, who earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2005, was the 2012-13 Maryland Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year finalist; and the 2014-15 Maryland Teacher of the Year, Jody Zepp earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minor in Psychology and completed coursework for certification in Secondary Education-Social Studies.