Educator of the Month
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Karen Simpson
The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. Across the country thousands of schools and libraries participate by bringing together kids, teens and books. Today, the Board of Education recognizes an educator in our school system who has for years helped her students Read Across America every day at Jones Elementary School!
As the school’s reading teacher Karen Simpson is directly involved in the growth of both staff and students. However, her expertise and love of teaching reach far beyond the duties of her job. Her knowledge from years in the classroom and experiences as a reading expert are well-respected at Jones. Mrs. Simpson makes time in her day to plan with all grade levels, to model lessons for teachers at all experience levels, and to analyze data with each teacher to help them make timely decisions for their students. She knows what each teacher needs to be successful and provides resources at the drop of a hat.
Karen Simpson is the backbone of the staff at Jones Elementary. She provides a listening ear and very often a hug and words of support and encouragement to teachers who need it. Not to mention a wide range of knowledge that she uses to ensure that each teacher has exactly the resources they need to make their lessons successful. Never is there a time when that Mrs. Simpson doesn’t have an answer or idea for a teacher in need. Teaching lessons, covering duties, manning the front office, organizing school-wide read alouds, planning for Harvest for the Hungry, Karen steps in to more roles than just about anyone at Jones, all in the name of making the school a happy place. A funny voice, some music, or a joke in the announcements have earned her a reputation of being someone students can trust. Her infectious smile greets students as they eat lunch, enter assemblies, or come to her room for a lesson.
“To work with Mrs. Simpson means knowing that there is always someone on my side,” said one of her colleagues. “She has tons of ideas and resources to help every teacher become a better teacher and every student to reach his or her potential. She constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of her and always with a smile!”
Karen Simpson - your passion for your profession and the impact you have on all individuals is obvious. You are trusted at Jones Elementary by students, parents, and staff for being the perfect blend of knowledgeable, professional, light-hearted, and loving. You provide the light and inspiration to all who cross your path. So, on behalf of the Board of Education and the Jones Elementary School family, we congratulate you on being selected Educator of the Month for March 2018!
2017 Teacher of the Year
Degrees and Certifications:
2017 Maryland State Teacher of the Year
STEM Teacher, South River High School
“The most important thing I can do to help a student achieve is to help that student understand that they have somebody caring about them, somebody wanting them to be successful. That starts with relationships. I am truly blessed to work at South River High School where we have a principal and administrative staff who believe in and value the power of relationships.” Learn more about Josh Carroll.
Superintendent's Teacher Advisory
The purpose of the Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Group includes:
- bringing teacher concerns directly to the Superintendent's attention
- providing the Superintendent the opportunity to "teacher test" emerging instructional initiatives and,
- linking school-based opinions and sentiments to Central Office processes and programs.
The members of the Superintendent's Advisory Group are selected from each Director's Teacher Advisory Group. Each Director's Advisory Group selects four teachers to serve on the Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Group. The Superintendent meets with the Teacher Advisory Group five times a year in September, November, January, March, and May.