The top five finalists for the 2013
According to a school system news release, this year's Teacher of the Year judging committee reviewed and scored all nomination packets and points were tallied resulting in a group of 10 candidates who participated in an interview with a panel of eight judges. The judges narrowed the pool to the top five finalists, one of whom will be crowned the 2013 Harford County Teacher of the Year.
A surprise announcement of the winner will take place at the annual Harford County Teacher of the Year banquet Wednesday, March 27, at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre de Grace. Once again this year, the banquet is being provided by HARCO Federal Credit Union.
According to the news release, the judging panel had a difficult and unenviable task again this year with many outstanding teachers nominated for the award by students, parents, school administrators or community members. There are more than 3,200 teachers in the public school system.
Brief biographies of each finalist follow:
Tara N. Buecker, Jarrettsville Elementary School physical education/health teacher
Harford County native Tara Buecker is an eighth-year teacher at Jarrettsville Elementary School. She received her bachelor's degree in physical education from
J. Laura Childs, Edgewood High School English teacher
Laura Childs received her bachelor of science in English and secondary education from Towson University in 2006 and a master of arts in humanities in 2010. Childs has been with Edgewood High School since she began her teaching career. She facilitates the Faculty Committee and, as the Junior Class Advisor, organizes the Prom. Childs also works with the literacy magazine and coaches both Poetry Slams and Speech and Debate. In 2011, Childs and her students were awarded a
Kimberly A. Harner, Southampton Middle School special educator
Teaching in Harford County for 16 years, Kimberly Harner has put her heart and soul into educating students in developing critical life skills in reading, writing and mathematics. She has participated in Alt-MSA curriculum writing workshops and modified elementary science curriculum. She has served on the School Improvement Team and has facilitated school professional development and mentored student teachers. She was a pioneer for inclusion at Fallston High School and coached swimming. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education in 1997 from
Kristine E. M. Jurgs, Southampton Middle School special educator
Kristine Jurgs graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in special education and a minor in elementary education from West Chester
Kristin M. Schaub, Havre de Grace Elementary School fifth-grade teacher