Educator of the Month
Preparing students for family life, work life, and careers in family and consumer sciences is the mission of family and consumer sciences courses in Anne Arundel County Public Schools or in short, provide students with skills they can use in the adult world.
At South River High School, Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Nancy Drury holds her students to the highest level of quality by making it the expectation and not the exception. She does an outstanding jo at multi- tasking and running the Little Seahawks Preschool while completing all of the normal tasks of an educator. This program is well known in the community and because of the exemplary program Nancy has developed over the years, she always has a waiting list of preschool students for her child development program.
Self admittedly, Nancy says she is “not good” with technology but always embraces and puts in 100% effort with any new technology ideas. She takes copious notes on anything new in order to guarantee her success and promoting positive growth of her students. In AACPS, her Child Development 3 class always has one of the highest percentage of students who complete their electronic portfolio. She has changed her classroom set-up over the years to the point where her expectations, policies and procedures have allowed her students to learn the importance of acting appropriately and professionally when being given some freedom of management of the Little Seahawks Preschool.
Nancy makes outstanding contributions to the South River community. Her classes this year and often in the past, have been huge contributors for Harvest for the Hungry. She is also a mentor for South River’s sewing club, the Seahawks Sewers. They have made and donated various items to Hospice, local women’s shelters and they are currently working on superhero capes for children with illnesses or disabilities. Recently the club constructed curtains for the theater ticket booth.
Ms. Drury consistently demonstrates a high degree of professionalism from organizing and operating the preschool to her classroom layout and its procedures. She is often asked to allow new teachers to observe her classroom for a day, showing the benefits of “having organization for her organization” and those teachers end the day with an overwhelming amount of ideas for their own classrooms.
Nancy has a great working relationship with her students. She is the only Child Development teacher at SRHS she has many students who stick with her program for all three years. You do not get a child to take a class with the same teacher for three years if there is not a good student/teacher relationship. Nancy has been at SRHS for over 10 years. She gets along splendidly with staff, helping out wherever necessary.
It is for these reasons and more that the Board of Education recognizes you, Nancy Drury as the January Educator of the Month.