Educator of the Month
We recognize a Teacher who has just started her 20th year at Southern High School; Ms. Marlene Kramer, Art Teacher and Department Chair. It goes without saying that she’s been an integral contributor to the success of the Visual Arts Program; being well-known throughout the nation as an exemplary program for everyone to follow.
Ms. Kramer assisted in building the Art department from a 2-member staff to a 5-member staff as the growth of the student-artists has more than doubled at Southern. She embraces our Signature, Design: Preservation and Innovation, and our AVID program working with coordinators to embrace her teaching through each programs tenets.
Ms. Kramer is an unofficial mentor to new hires within the Art department as well as a role model to the students at Southern High School. She focuses on building relationships with her students through an inviting classroom environment, engaging her students in conversation about their future aspirations, and even motivating the most struggling artists.
In addition to her department responsibilities, she has an integral role in the Art Quest event, a staple community event in the Southern cluster and one of the most well attended events at Southern High School. Additionally, she dedicates weekends and evenings to students from all over the county, assisting with the AACPS Gifted Visual Arts Program
Ms. Kramer is professional in her interactions with stakeholders, and regularly advocates for students while maintaining positivity. She values her responsibilities – meets all deadlines well in advance and goes above and beyond the job description. She supports school administration by embracing structures and practices that support all students at Southern High School.
Ms. Kramer is a respected member of the school community, she establishes strong relationships with her colleagues, many of which seek her input and advice. She provides engaging and creative instruction for her students and is a constant for them providing a safe, nurturing, and trusting learning environment. A former student described Ms. Kramer as, “sunny, bubbly, and genuine. Everyone who comes into contact with her can’t help but smile and laugh. She truly is one of the kindest teachers who brings out the very best in everyone around her.”
So for these reasons and more, the Board congratulates you on your selection as Educator of the Month for October 2019.